Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blue and Yellow Window

Every time I visit my friend's beach house I wonder how to make this window a photo composition.  Here's a first attempt.

It's clear the green background is a distraction to the glass pieces in the window.  Now that I'm writing this, I can see shorter depth of field would be in order for the next time I shoot it.

I tried out one of the film settings in Topaz to give kind of an Old World look to the composition (in spite of the the modern lobster popup toy and the plastic keyring).  Not sure it's THE thing for this composition but it's an experiment.

Perhaps another thing to try when reshooting is a slight pop of flash.  I never use flash, though, so I'm not sure it would work here.  Perhaps I'll stash a medium sized white reflector in my photo travel bag now for my next trip.

Then, I'll pray to the Washington Coast Weather Gods for sunlight through the side window of this room on my next visit!


Carol Leigh said...

Shallow depth of field definitely in order here since we can see the wire/wood fence quite clearly outside. Outside kind of overexposed, taking our attention away from the blue elements in the window. Too many things in the window? I think so. You need to analyze EXACTLY what you like about this scene and then condense down your composition/DOF to include just those things. Hate to say it, but maybe an overcast day would work better.

Linda Heinsohn said...

Yes, Carol, happy you agree with me on the DOF. Another thought occurred to me while revisiting this which would to use a step ladder to get just green grass behind the window composition.

I knew there were too many items in the window when really looking at my shot to make art. Didn't really study it before clicking the shutter, though. So, I appreciate you pointing that out. I think three blue glass pieces on the sill plus the two hangy downy pieces are just right.

Thank you so much for taking time to comment on my photos with thoughtful, purposeful ideas and suggestions. Your comments are a reminder for me to be more thoughtful and pre-meditative with my photos rather than so rushed or afraid or impatient.