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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Quiet

Photography is visual. Eyes see images, eyes compose images, eyes look at the finished photographs. That's leaves out 4/5ths of our human senses — taste, touch, smell, and of course sound — all senses excluded from photography. But perhaps they can be hinted at if we are careful.

I find it pretty difficult to involve taste and smell in my photographs (ahem), but it can be very useful to include textures and sounds. Here is an example of sound in a photograph — well, at least a sort of invitation to sound. In this image, there is the sound of tourists and the normal hubbub of a tourist location. But whatever hubbub and noise they are making doesn't seem to fit well with the calm statue of that giant, 100-foot tall Kwan Yin in the background. I'm sure an interesting image could be made here that would play up the sounds of the visitors, but that's not what I wanted, nor what was needed to accompany all that gentle sky.

Simply walking up to the short fence gave me a perspective that allowed me to make the quiet, seaside image I wanted. Of course, all around me there was still the activity of my fellow tourists, but the finished image without any people exudes the calm that befits the statue. In fact, as you look at the image below, can you almost hear the gently lapping waves that enhance the sense of calm?

Tech data:

Panasonic G2 using a Panasonic Leica 7-14mm f/4 lens at 14mm. ISO 100. f/5.0 at 1/125th sec.