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A Photographic Composition Challenge

March 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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One of the things I enjoy about photographing in the Big Woods is the compositional challenge it presents. With so much random clutter and chaos all around you, it can be difficult seeing your way through to your composition. Yesterday I set an additional challenge for myself on my hike at the Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area. Normally, I put the 28mm f/1.8G prime lens on my D800 when setting out for the woods. This time I decided to use the 85mm f/1.8G lens. I practiced what I have taken to calling deep stacking. What I mean by this is that you work your composition through the entire image, front to back.

There is something about the repeating lines and the softening as you move to the back of the image that I find really intriguing. The challenge is in providing separation where you need it and in composing essentially in three dimensions. To be honest, I'm not sure whether it works in both these images. I think it's one of those things that needs some time to settle in. I do find that over time, my thoughts about certain images evolves, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

What I do know is that I had a lot of fun using the 85mm f/1.8G lens in the woods. It was a new way of seeing in the woods for me. I'm going to keep working it.


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