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Tree silhouette in Paris | by arieldiaco
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Tree silhouette in Paris

Taken in Paris, France. It's interesting to see how the mind can abstract what the eye is looking at. For me it was all about that outstanding tree, back lighted with the hotel lights just before the natural light was about to disappear. But what the mind can do, the camera cannot, so in order to take the picture I just needed to take into account that I was on a busy street of a rather busy area of Paris, full of distractions that inevitably would fill my frame and take the attention off the tree. In this case, I needed to wait for the traffic light to stop the cars, and reframe the image so that the composition will focus the eye directly into the tree. So it's not about pointing and shooting. It's about knowing what your area of interest is, what do you want to point too, understand what else is filling the frame and where it's filling it, reframe it in order to weight the balance of the different elements, analyze weather your subject is the main area of interest within the frame as it is and finally shoot. I think it worked in this case.

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Taken on March 25, 2007