What Are You Looking At?


Unlikely Balance

This image from 2010 caught my eye.   It is a simple image of a sharp sea stack in Olympic National Park but I learned something else by reviewing this image in black and white.   One’s eyes are usually drawn to the brightest area of an image but with the large, dominant sea stack you are immediately drawn to that.  You then quickly notice the bright, white waves crashing on the far left.  Finally, you can explore the remaining featureless rocks between and are hopefully left with a balanced feeling.  This is a far different feeling than you might expect from an image that is so heavy on the right.

By editing this image in black and white I’m able to control where you look despite a lack of smooth curves to guide your eye.   This has been a fun learning experience as a photographer because it gives me another method to capture a landscape that engages the viewer.  It certainly isn’t a style I use often on its own but when combined with depth and angles, it can create a striking image.

Thanks for reading and viewing:)



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