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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Background

I'm told this is a process known as "winnowing." (Can you tell I didn't grow up on a farm?) He's tossing these corn kernels into the air so the wind can blow away the not-corn-kernels. I loved the action, but instantly realized that the corn above the dark brick fence was not visible as clearly as I wanted it to be. Besides, all that stuff on the left of center is redundant and doesn't contribute anything to the activity.

A slight shift of position and angle and I had a background that highlited the kernels. In fact, it did more than that. Notice in the image below you can also see the dust in the air which is completely missing from the image above. Only later did I notice the broom in the lower right corner that creates a bit of visual balance and symmetry to the guy and is connected to him by his shadow. That broom is just visible in the lower right corner in the above image, too, but is cut off and becomes a distraction.

Tech data:

Panasonic G1 using a Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 37mm. ISO 100. f/7.1 at 1/640th sec.