Pic of the Week_Lines in the Snow_Huangshan

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 28mm. Exposure Details 1/15 second @ f22. ISO 100.Here's the last of my China pics for a little while. I made the above image close to one of the hotels I stayed at on top of Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in China during January 2011.

There was very little color in the scene. So a black-and-white rendering seemed appropriate to emphasise the strong, dynamic lines and shapes that dominated the scene. The subject matter is made up of tree trunks and a fence. But the image is really made up of vertical (tree trunks) and diagonal (fence) lines and the diamond shapes formed by the interlacing of the diagonal lines throughout the fence.

As well as the starkness and minimalistic nature of the image it's this kind of abstraction, where the design elements have become the subject matter, that interests me most.

If you'd like to achieve the same type of results simply take your time photographing and concentrate your attention on the design elements within the image. The way you frame and compose your image and what you place your subject next two and against all impact the outcome. A minimalistic approach often helps. Try not to crowd your image with too much information. The old adage, less is more, is certainly worth remembering.

 

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