I think it’s great that three photographers can be looking at the same scene and get three different focal references. That’s because not only do we see and interpret things differently, but there are many pictures within one scene. This week Patti of P.A. Moed challenges us to look into the various ways we can create focal interest in our pictures.

I’ve chosen a few from her many suggestions.

Framing.

I shot the first image when I first started photography. Out on Angel Island for the first time with my new Nikon D3100 I saw a bicyclist walking her bike under what I call a tree canopy. Taken in May 2013. And, yes, I do love trees. The second image was taken last year in November in Napa Valley.

Patterns:

We have shopping carts from Ikea in West Sacramento, 2019 and Sunflower farm in Woodland, June 2019. Crops can form lines and patterns. I’d need to get a taller ladder to exhibit it better!

Color: Of course I love flowers especially from the McKinley Rose Garden in Sacramento.

Leading lines:

The first image is from North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Butte County, a flat volcanic mountain. The second from Capay Valley Ranches in Capay Valley. Trees can also form leading lines.

Thanks Patti for your very educational and fun blog with wonderful image examples.

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #121: Focus On The Subject

  1. Good examples of subject matter. The problem I have with digital is that it is so easy to shoot and shoot and shoot. Slowing down is not as necessary with film, and that is when I think before pushing the button. I like digital for the fact I don’t waste film, but what I like in film is the enforcement of economy. Given my own ideas about a theme of late, this is a very time post!

  2. Perfect examples of how we can draw our viewers’ eyes to our subject. Beautiful collection, Anne! Your shopping carts are so well-observed, and I love the sunflowers.

    1. Thank you Patti! We often go to IKEA when it rains because they welcome photographers. It’s fun especially when you have a specific challenge. I totally enjoyed this challenge.

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