What Else It Is
I confess, I’m old fashioned and actually read books….preferably physical books. A good book gives you inspiration, ideas, general knowledge and it makes you think, all which helps you become a better photographer. Read books. Recently I read “The Essence of Photography” (ISBN 1937538516) by Bruce Barnbaum, an inspiring book that gave me new ideas and reminded me of things that I had previously learned but forgot, or not fully understood.
In the book there is a quote by Minor White who once said “One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.” I had read this before but it had never made sense to me. When shooting and editing “What Else It Is” I had the quote in my head. My interpretation of the quote is that, a photo like this isn’t about a fence, water and the sky. It’s a photo of serenity and a curved line, nothing more. Our brains love curved lines. Light tones and colors creates a peaceful, serene atmosphere.
Simplicity and a clear focal point is highly valued by our system, our eyes know where to go and we don’t have to struggle trying to figure out what we are looking at. Furthermore, there is a important fact about the human vision system that perhaps isn’t obvious. Probably all photographs know that we are drawn to bright areas in a photo, you read about it all the time. However, another important eye magnet is areas of high contrast. This means that a dark object set against a midtone or bright area can throw your composition totally out of balance, the viewers eyes will constantly be drawn to this high contrast area.

Attention to details is crucial for a good result, there’s no shortcut. Trust your instincts, learn to master your camera and lenses. Evaluate your photos, learn what makes them work. Read books on anything that has to do with photography.

Gear: Nikon D800, Zeiss Distagon T* 25/2,8 ZF, Manfrotto 190 XPRO3, Manfrotto 496RC2, B+W 106M Multi Coated +6 Stop Neutral Density Filter, B+W 110M Multi Coated +10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
Software: Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro.