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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Moment

The scene is a rainy day at the Lan-Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Very drippy, so I was sheltering in any overhang or covered walkway I could find. Because I'm at a Chinese Garden, I am swept up in looking for images that say "Chinese Garden" at the top of my lungs. The image below does so, but fails to fully capture the moment. Sure there is the rain coming off the roof, but it's not the first thing I see in this image. There are too many bright lights, intricate architectural details, and calligraphy on the posts for the subtle rain drops to be the first thing seen. But the rain was the moment. Well, really it was the morning.

How could I make this an image about Chinese rain? Simple. Reduce to the essence. Eliminate the unnecessary. Remove the clutter. Now it is an image about a moment and still has a Chinese overtone..

Tech data:

Panasonic G85 using a Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 lens at 100mm. ISO 3200. f/10 at 1/125th sec.