Friday, May 21, 2010

less is more


I have got a fascination with simplicity, and I remain a seeker of it among the complexity (in visual elements as well as inside me).  In this southern part of Australia, the countryside --adorn with bright green pastures on undulating hills, often dotted by grazing livestocks--permeates simplicity & peace.

Yet, in practice, simplicity usually evades my untrained eyes, even in the simplest rural scenes. Put in too much, and it's no longer simple. Isolate too much and the scene loses its context.

Where skill does not flatter, luck always comes to my rescue. I just happened to have spotted these grazing cattles from far, as I was taking a short break from ride. The bright sunny afternoon had a favourable touch on the greenery. The black cattles made a strong impact with contrast.

Simplicity bell rang inside me and I tried out a few compositions. At the end, I ended up choosing this shot at 200mm focal length, with others having the cattles too small in size. But luck was not with me all the way. Due to time constraint, I took this handheld and the picture consequently suffers a very minute handshake.

Location: Countryside Tasmania, Australia
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/60s
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 200mm
Filter: N/A
Flash: No
Tripod: No

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