The birds reap the spoils. best...jerry
8 Oct 2009 5:50am
I like how you composed this with the diagonals of the cut rice and the three birds right in the top centre. There are infinite ways of taking a picture of the same scene - and creating meaning from it. I've mentioned it before but I think you put a lot of thought into your compositions and making them reflect what you want to say about the scene.
8 Oct 2009 10:06am
@cat: Thank you (again and again....) for your thoughtful comments. A few days ago you wisely wrote that in photography composition seems "partly conscious and decided and partly intuitive," and that is certainly true in my case. Like most everyone, I take many, many photos of any given subject all the while modifying the composition slightly until it finally feels right, solid, and whole. Almost every shot on this blog is the fifth or the tenth refinement of the photo that I began with, as I explore the subject from different angles and with different compositions. In fact, finding the "right" composition is one of the most pleasing aspects of photography to me. I very rarely crop or modify the composition in editing software after I've taken the shot. It's either done right in the camera or it's trashed. (The only consistent exception are these little square shots, which I have grown to love.) I find when I get home and see the photo on the screen, that I can articulate the composition with words and how it works (or doesn't) and why it all hangs together and is neatly balanced out. But those ideas did not consciously occur to me at the time I was taking the photo. Instead, it seems intuitive, and at some point the photo feels balanced ... feels "right." Done.
A beautiful rich and warm autumn shot! The bounty of the harvest at it's best. Well done! ;-)
8 Oct 2009 1:26pm
Such a beautiful image with those warm colors. I love the fact that the chickens insure that nothing goes to waste.
8 Oct 2009 2:49pm
It first glance this pic seemed to me of three women harvesting maybe wheat en a field - only after I read the first comment I realized that those are indeed birds and my perception of the image changed!
I read your response on composition with interest. I have to say that although I try to compose the best I can while shooting the pic, I do not trash them if I do not succeed. I take a second look at it on my computer screen and if I do not like the attempt I try to see if it may be salvaged, either by cropping or playing around with them a bit. To me what is important is the final result.
As far as this pic is concerned, the only change I would suggest is cropping out that little band of area in the top where the land outside the crop field intrudes into the pic! :)
8 Oct 2009 4:18pm
@Bishop: Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I hadn't thought of three women, and I wonder if the birds would be flattered or insulted .... :-)
Regarding composition, I think we can all agree that, as you say, "what's important is the final result." What's wonderful is how differently everyone gets to that final result. Of course it's great to try to keep working with a photo once you have it in your computer. In my case, however, I prefer to try to get things "right" in the camera, because it makes me pay attention while I'm taking photos, and that's exactly why I love photography: it makes me pay attention; it is an act of meditation. So while I'm taking a photo I don't want to also be thinking forward that what I'm doing now isn't really adequate but I will fix it later. I want to get it as right as possible now. And I have so many thousands of pictures crowding my computer memory files -- and most of them I never look at again after taking them -- that unless the photo is of sentimental value, I don't feel compelled to keep it. I don't need to rescue the bad ones. I need to learn from them and then put them in the trash. But this is only how I work and is not a prescription for others.
And, finally, thanks for your suggestion. I could go on to explain why I debated about that before I left that in, but it wouldn't really matter anyway. People like what they like.
There is much for us all to learn in your words about composition, something that many spend so little time thinking about.
8 Oct 2009 6:23pm
such beautiful framing on this shot and i like the diagonals.
8 Oct 2009 10:59pm
Wonderful movement in this shot! The composition lessons are excellent, too!
9 Oct 2009 12:58am
What a thoughtful discussion going on here! Love the image with the strong lines and the almost abstract inclusion of the birds. Love the surprise factor they add.
9 Oct 2009 1:50am
And this is an empty and harvested rice patty? Gooooood eyes, man! Beautiful shot.
9 Oct 2009 7:59am
I thought those birds were people too! Nice discussion on composition!
9 Oct 2009 1:34pm
Oh, don't get me wrong - I do indeed like the pic as it is, that bit about cropping out the top is just my personal preference. And of course I'd be interested in your thought process leading you to its inclusion (if you have the time, that is, to go into it). Who knows, it might be something that would affect my way of seeing at the pic. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometime it does help to supplement the pic with some words, methinks! :)
12 Oct 2009 7:42pm
the dof in this works perfectly.
22 Oct 2009 2:46pm
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