Thursday, March 11, 2010

Week 45, Day 317, March 10, 2010, Chaos

A couple of weeks ago I had a photo of a simple line of a snow drift curving around a tree.   Last week I attempted to photograph some shelves that had several bowls, and cook books.  I didn't like the second photo, and asked for your suggestions on how to make the photo better.  One of the things that some of you said was make the shelves less cluttered. (or simple).  This has me wondering if it is possible to take good photos of very busy photos (chaotic), or I should say what makes a good chaotic photo?  I don't know the answer yet.  I think of my children's "I Spy" books, and the photographs are beautiful and very busy, but not chaotic.

This is another chaotic photo.  I like it a little better than the shelves photo, but it's still not quite right.  I think I should have tried from a different angle. 

What do you think?  Is it possible to take a good chaotic photo?  Do you have any examples? 

Lessons Learned:
  • Experimenting is a lot of fun, and can be a learning experience.  Other times it can be frustrating.  Sometimes the lesson is, this method didn't work.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/25 sec, Aperture f/5.7, ISO 100, Focal Length 17 mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, handheld.


Pam said...

The first thing that came to my mind is to add an interesting foreground object. You can see an example of what I mean in a post I wrote a couple of months ago, "Adding interest to those wide-angle shots".

Yolanda said...

I think for me, the chaotic photo leaves me without a focus. Without a subject (other than chaos as an overall theme). My eye wanders all over never being led anywhere in particular. My eyes get confused over many different objects, colors and textures. To make it better... perhaps focus on one of the pieces of the chaos, for instance, the colored cables... might make an interesting composition. And yes, a foreground object, maybe take one of the cables, put in the foreground and lead the wire to the chaos - photograph it ground level from the the beginning of the cable, leading the eye into the chaos.. ?

Andrey Dorokhov said...

real mess ))