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.

My favourite lone oak.
My favourite lone oak.

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.

The rock is South Charnwood Diorite, the youngest of the volcanic rock that covers this area.
The rock is South Charnwood Diorite, the youngest of the some 560,000,000 year old volcanic rock that covers this area.

We kept walking and there was a special favourite of mine off in the distance.

Named for a favoured servant, it is said the arch was added to the side of the tower in honour of Old John, who loved his ale.
Named for a favoured servant, it is said the arch was added to the side of the tower in honour of Old John, who loved his ale.

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.

Bradgate House - where Lady Jane Grey, the Ten Days Queen, was born and raised.
Bradgate House – where Lady Jane Grey, the Ten Days Queen, was born and raised.

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.

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