Brooks Jensen Arts

Every Picture Is a Compromise

Lessons from the Also-rans

Most photography websites show the photographer's very best work. Wonderful. But that's not the full story of a creative life. If we want to learn, we'd better pay attention to the images that aren't "greatest hits" and see what lessons they have to offer. Every picture is a compromise — the sum of its parts, optical, technical, visual, emotional, and even cosmic – well, maybe not cosmic, but sometimes spiritual. Success on all fronts is rare. It's ok to learn from those that are not our best.

This is a series about my also-rans, some of which I've been able to improve at bit (i.e., "best effort"), none of which I would consider my best. With each there are lessons worth sharing, so I will.

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What I saw that I liked:

I'm always drawn to repeating patterns in nature.

What I don't like in the picture:

A good example of eye movement based on orientation of the image. In this case, the vertical orientation above makes me want to scan up and down with my eye. That's just wrong.

What I learned:

The image at left seems bigger. I know the size of the image on this web page is bigger, but I'm sensing that there just seems that there are more bunches of grass in the horizontal one. Is this just me?

2nd Chances: What I might try next

B/W? Probably not.