A while back I posted a image where Aart (AartPapaya) suggested a shot with just the hanging door in one of my barn images. I was at that location this morning and remembered that and gave it a try. I took several with this one being a little different. The rest just seemed too straight on. Thanks Aart for the suggestion. Look forward to your thoughts.
Hi Scott, I am flattered but not impressed with the result. You should have used your 150-500 Sigma. There is not nearly enough sharpness and detail on the potential grain of the wood. You tried some thing different but the lines are now distracting and not pleasing. I am sure all of us had at some or other time to see if a skew picture may work, it very seldom does.
Maybe with the picture is too small or the light to bland to show up the grain in the wood. If you had only the door and the opening with that glorious symmetry in the roof lattice? The texture of the hay in the barn would than also contributed to the picture.
Thank you, I really appreciate you showing this "experiment". To me it failed but I am very interested in the reactions of other people.
Thank you so much for your honesty!! This was shoot with the Nikon 70-200 @ about 120mm. So no real need for the 150-500. The image is actually pretty sharp & detailed even with the added film gran, maybe just not at this size. I did try a real heavy tonal contrast but with all the lines in the image it made it really busy looking. Here is a 100% crop of the hinge. As you can see there is only two nails holding this door on, hence the title. I took compositions like you are asking about but I wanted to include the large area of missing roof. The only way to do that was to shoot from a much lower & closer perspective and off to the side which started to make the lines look really wired, nothing was parallel to anything. You are right, it might not appeal to all. I might try to process one of the other images that I took, they just won't have the missing roof. Thanks Aart, I really do appreciate your thoughts and comments. Comments like this one always make me think at which point I usually learn something!
On a side note. This 100% crop from the D800 is why I enjoy this camera so. I can see detail in the heads of the nails from the distance I took this image at. You can even make out the detail on the bent over nails.
A nice thing about this forum is that it shows how the same thing can be perceived in so diverse ways and it is also very useful that people offer their genuine point of view. I really like this one. Excellent composition, nice choice of orientation of the main planks, and overall interaction of the various lines. In my case I look at it from a purely graphical-geometrical point, rather than a study in the material itself and I think this is why my take is very different but can still be consistent with Aart's. And in fact with this busy pattern, I do not think increasing structure or contrast would benefit the picture, rather the opposite. Jean-luc
"it is also very useful that people offer their genuine point of view."
I couldn't agree more!
"I do not think increasing structure or contrast would benefit the picture, rather the opposite."
Like I mentioned to Aart, I did try this and like your thoughts, it didn't work out so well.
"In my case I look at it from a purely graphical-geometrical point, rather than a study in the material itself"
This is exactly what I was thinking about as I was taking this shot. There are three different surfaces here all with lines going in different directions. I felt I need at least one of them to be parallel to something or it would drive me nuts in post which is why the door is parallel to the right edge.
Thank you Jean for taking the time to leave your thoughts.
Scott, You "nailed" it. I was mainly focused on the texture, in contrast you with most others admired the lines. This is exactly the reason why I enjoy this particular forum so much. Be kind to the first time enthusiasts and hammer the old-hands.
I always admire your productivities and challenges through the forum. This is a striking composition to make my eyes stop.
However, the tension does not stay longer. In my opinion, I would like to see some visual mysteries, which can be extreme details, unexpected extra elements, intriguing colors / values for amplifying the moods…..
Thank you so much for the kind comments. I completely understand your thoughts. In this setting I'm not sure what the extra elements might have been though. Here is another with some unexpected elements though. Here I was already set up for the shot when these birds landed in the window on the other side of the barn probably another 40 feet. I had to make a quick decision on where to focus because from where I was at there was no way to stop down far enough to get both the door opening and the birds in focus. I thought it was unusual that these birds flew into this scene so in that split second I choose to focus on the birds, right or wrong.
Another comment, this one from the deep weeds in far left field.
Among other appealing texture and contrast aspects of this image, you have created an optical illusion.
Given the angle between the four boards making up the door, and the two narrower boards holding them together, I expect that the door will be hanging at some angle relative to the vertical plumb line of the barn, as suggested by the boards behind the door. Yet, when I notice that the narrower boards holding the door together are parallel with the right edge of the image, my eye/brain tries to tell me that they are the vertical plumb line.
In other words, if I look at the door relative to the vertical boards behind it, it appears to hang at an off-plumb angle. When I look at the door relative to the right edge of the image frame, it is hanging plumb, and the barn is off-plumb. My eye/brain system struggles to resolve this visual conflict.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona Nikonian Team Member
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I like #1. I didn't look at it in great detail only at the overall pattern and sense of depth from looking through the gap. Echoing the shape of the hanging door with the contrasting more distant pattern is really sets my neurones going