How I… :Blinds

The difference between a snapshot and a photograph is in the thinking: the snapshot only requires a finger, a photograph requires thinking (in addition to the finger). I take snapshots to help me in the process of thinking, but I never mistake them with a photograph. To illustrate this process, this is a snapshot I took of the blinds of a (furniture) store:

try1(Snapshot)

That doesn’t look like much. There’s (arguably) nothing really there that catches the eye. It’s an interesting looking cage at best.

I changed  position to get it from a different, more appealing perspective and got this:

try2(With a bit of thinking)

This is better as now it’s clear they’re blinds. Also, the diagonal lines going from the bottom right corner to the top left are way more appealing to the eye.

Still, there’s people and too much wall in the frame distracting so I was not satisfied. I always try to exclude things that do not add to or strengthen the picture. I changed position once again:

DSCF1574_original(Some more thinking)

With a better perspective and most distractions gone I was okay with the result. At least, before processing: the colors in the image do not add any value to it, on the contrary: the brown grass and red wall are distracting from the blinds, which are the center of interest here. Therefore I converted to black and white and increased contrast quite a bit giving me the final result I wanted:

DSCF1574-edited(Final result – Fuji x100s, A-mode; auto-iso 5000; f/11; 1/80s)

Note the small aperture to ensure an image wide in-focus.

Shot and edited in JPEG, not RAW.

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