Even though I am too late for Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge theme of simplicity, I thought I would share the few photos I took for the challenge and my struggle to find/create photo composition with simplicity.
The goal was to take 4-6 photos with the photo subject taking up only about 1/4 of the composition with the rest of the photo being empty space. Sounds easy, right? Even though I knew I didn’t have many photos that fit that criteria, I figured I could take some. A single leaf against the sky, a single evergreen against the dawn sky, a leaf floating on the water…how hard could it be?
After trying to find/take a few shots like that, I now admire photographers who get those kind of shots even more than I did before!
I immediately ran into challenges. Like leaves only being in front of a cluster of branches that my telephoto lens just couldn’t blur enough.
And also, trees don’t grow individually around here. They grow in clusters. Everywhere. Empty space is hard to come by!
I finally found some subjects I could isolate but my focus is not very sharp on most of them.
And, lastly, one that is probably too empty of subject and too blotchy in the background for most people but gives me, the squirrel lover, that feeling of “awwwwww”.
Even though I didn’t get the results I wanted from this challenge, I feel I learned a lot. First, to be on the lookout for those small, simple things in nature that can make beautiful photos and also to back off a little and not try to get so close. I need to allow some empty space. Hopefully, backing off just a little will help with my focus problems too.
This challenge has also reinvigorated my wanting of a prime lens. Sharper focus and a wider aperture for more blurring sounds very, very appealing. 🙂