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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Necessary

For some (idiotic) reason, I thought I wanted a high resolution, stitched composit image of this abandoned farm structure in the Palouse. I was in the process of making the necessary set of 8-10 overlapping exposures and down to the last couple when I realized I had lost my mind. This was going to be a really silly exercise in maximum detail with minimum interest. Yet another picutre of some "thing" without any emotional component that would interest anyone. What is the "content"? The building is old and falling down. Do I really need a 8-image composite with all that detail to say, "Here is an old building and it is falling down." Of course not. A giant print that shows every little knot-hole and nail will not make this a better, more captivating image.

What's was necessary was to find the necessary. That I could do with one photograph. This image says, The building is old and falling down without the need to show the entire thing.

That said, I do wish I had made the last couple of images to finish the jigsaw image. Who knows how I might have found a use for it someday?

Tech data:

Panasonic G85 using a Panasonic Leica 12-34mm f/2.8 lens at 31mm. ISO 200. f/11 at 1/200th sec.