Friday, May 26, 2006

Simple can be good


I like my photos better when they are simple compositions. I tend to forget that when I'm taking the pictures. I need to remember to very carefully frame my subject, only including what is necessary and excluding the clutter.

Does a photo have to tell a story, or can it just be a pleasant image? Is this a pleasant image? I think so, that's why I took it. I don't know that it evokes any emotion in the viewer, but I think it's nice to look at. Perhaps that's all that counts.

I took this photo a couple of days ago when hunting for material out in the country. (I say the 'country' but I really mean the small amount of farm land that is yet to be swallowed up by suburbia.) I didn't get many images that I liked, but I decided to Photoshop this one a bit and gauge your reaction. I made the sky and the barn darker using curves and a saturation boost.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 21mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 50

18 Comments:

Blogger Laurie said...

I like the textures in the barn-siding very much.

I agree that sometimes a picture doesn't need to tell a story or evoke a strong emotional response. Sometimes a picture is just a picture and is pleasant, interesting, or even just funny to look at.

10:56 AM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

I really like this! I think it works very well.

I find I'm not usually drawn to images that tell a story or are trying to manipulate my emotions. There's a lot to be said for images that are simply deeply beautiful (whether or not it is a "pleasant" image). The best ones for me evoke a wordless wonder and feeling of gut truth. On the lower end of things, I also like looking at images that I simply find "cool" or interesting. It's definitely up to personal preference.

1:29 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous sil said...

Nice capture. I like the angle and the barn's color.

1:39 PM, May 26, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

It looks pleasant and attractive to me. Nice intensity of color. I think a picture should present itself and let the viewer decide what it says, or how it appeals. Convention says we must name pictures, but I think there is a lot to say for leaving them nameless except for telling what or where they were taken. Don't hold me to this...I'm still thinking about it. ;-)

3:45 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely colors and nice details!

7:56 PM, May 26, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

I love the sky and contrasted with the dull barn.YOU should be the one getting a high-end camera! (tell your wife I said that :D)
The only minor problem I have is the sligtly more brighter thingy poking out top right corner.But defiantely a GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!

10:37 PM, May 26, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Simple can be very, very, very good. I like this one, timmybomb. Incredible exposure. I agree with your philosophy 100%. Cheers, Brent

2:46 AM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Sidney said...

It is a nice frame. It leaves a lot to the viewer imagination!

3:37 AM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Well, as Henry David Thoreau said, "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" I like this shot. In fact, it's the kind of thing that I've been trying to get into the habit of doing myself.

I find that I often ignore the background and composition in the rush to get a shot done. Then when I get back to my computer I invariably have to crop out what I don't like.

This works well--keep what you want, leave out the rest. Good stuff!

7:47 AM, May 27, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

Here the roof making angle with the horizontal lines, and the rectangle geometry of window makes up the composition. Brown and blue doesn't make quite contrast or harmony but it's nice. It may be simple but well captured.

10:27 AM, May 27, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

I love the simplicity of this one. And I've always felt that an image doesn't always have to tell a story in order to be pleasing to the eye. Sometimes simplicity is the best thing. Very nice shot, Tim!

7:23 PM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

love this one tim - excellent composiiton

7:40 AM, May 28, 2006  
Anonymous Gavin said...

Great composition. The colours are fantastic.

2:22 PM, May 28, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

Love the tones!

2:40 PM, May 29, 2006  
Blogger Kris said...

Good capture!!
you raised an interesting point, I found that when I "try to0 hard" I usually don't get good shots. And I as I get obsessed with trying hard, i enjoy less..

7:17 AM, May 30, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

nice colour combination again .. liking the subject, the textures, & the sky!

;)

9:54 AM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous Keith said...

Simply impressive, very strong image

6:35 PM, June 01, 2006  
Anonymous reza said...

See, this is the type that you hold my hand and tell/show me why I should like it. I more than like it, I LOVE it.

What I like (WIL):
-The colors.
-Angle
-Foreground
-Background
-Deep shadows
-Tone of the wood
-Contrast
-Clouds

What I dont like (WIDL):
-The fact that I didn't take this picture.


Overall, this is wonderful :)

7:34 PM, June 03, 2006  

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