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Airport grid

Leica x1

January 2011

Seattle Tacoma Airport

 

my thoughts are going to all the lost ones in Japan right now. what a tragedy.

  

Photography tip 02: Distracting elements

 

when it comes to composing or Framing an image, there's a lot of visual choices to make in order to know what to include and what to remove from specific scene. of course most of us will logically want to frame with perfection straight out of the camera, but according to multiple parameters, it is not always something possible, and additional cropping is sometimes needed. Most of the time i will flip a photo multiple times, even upside down, before deciding to crop it. and this, in order to focus on the composition and contrast before focusing on the subject. testing multiple solutions, as well as removing my eyes from the canvas for seconds in order to permanently refresh the vision i have from that very specific composition.

"Less is More" is a very valid philosophy in photography, and often we tend to prefer leaving surrounding details without noticing or admitting they're altering or diminishing the impact of the main subject within the photo. I usually prefer having a post processing pass on my photos in order to get rid of unecessary details. it's always cosmetic, never something heavy. but with the use of photoshop's clone stamp tool, i will get rid of details whenever they're too distracting or when they are located too close to the frame. even more if they are actually touching the frame in a way or another. the most important factor is to leave the spirit of the photo untouched.

the same thing applies to color tones and the way they are dispatched in your image. desaturation and additional color tweaking is sometimes necessary if you consider a surrounding tone or color spot close to the frame is draining too much attention out of the main subject.

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Taken on January 12, 2011