Low-Hanging Fruit

Wooden Cross on an Adobe Arch Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 2011

Wooden Cross on an Adobe Arch
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 2011

I’ve read somewhere that as a photographer you should try to see past the images that are obvious, and that if you don’t spend a substantial amount of time working on your images after capture, it’s likely that you have not developed them to their full potential.  As a practical matter, I find these propositions generally to be true in my own photography, as most of the images I’ve made that I like tend to follow this pattern.

As with most things, however, I don’t find them to be inviolable rules.  This composition was pretty obvious to see in the field, at least to me, and I don’t believe I spent more than about five minutes working on it once I brought it into my computer.  Sometimes, the obvious choices are the best ones, and there’s no need to put in more work than the amount that is required.

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4 Comments

  1. Rick G December 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Sometimes Life just hands you one on a silver platter. When that happens, I feel it’s rude not to accept graciously.

  2. Patrick January 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    I do get the idea that people feel you aren’t much of a photographer if you don’t spend a month or two in photoshop processing each photo. Well, possibly that’s an exaggeration, but a decent amount of time anyway.

    • admin January 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

      “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” (generally attributed to Albert Einstein)

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