Simplifying a shot is not so simple. What if your landscape is not simple? You have to figure out how to make your central figure prominent.
So, I started in our local field. You’ve seen shots of it many times, during this challenge and over the years.
I almost used that shot, but wasn’t sure it was simple enough. The following week, we went to my beloved Bradgate Park. Surely, I would find something there.
We kept walking and there was a special favourite of mine off in the distance.
I was pleased with how I managed to frame the folly to isolate it, but wasn’t certain it did the trick. There was one more shot I wanted to try.
I’m very happy with this shot. Certainly the house is prominent and the composition is pleasing, but is it simple? I didn’t think so. There are too many textures. Too much busy-ness.
Simplicity is not easy, my friends. Certainly, it’s easy on a beach, but in a landscape full of interest and texture, trying to simplify and isolate your focus is difficult. I shall keep working on this one.