Image Review: Grass and Field
I've included this image because on the face of it, it's a really lovely shot. Warm, inviting tones, a beautiful sunset swallows flitting open countryside. What's there not to like? But it's also a great example of something I said right at the very beginning of this module that the purpose of these image reviews is to ask the question. Does the image tell the story the photographer wanted to tell, and in this case, I don't think it does. So let me explain. The title of this image is field and grass. So let me talk you through the individual compositional elements in the frame that together make up the visual story. The horizontal format means my eyes starts on the left side, and immediately I reached the fence. The fence being a physical and therefore visual barrier stops me going any further into the picture space. So my eye follows the line of the fence all the way down to the road or track the road, then takes me down the far right side of the frame until it disappears in the dista...
nce. I have now left the image, and I haven't even noticed the field or the grass as it's shot. It's a very pretty scene, but it's incongruous with the photographers intention, and that's why I've included it in this review. To get closer to that intent, I would use the fence in a different way. As we see the scene here, the fields and grasses run up through the center of the frame. So first of all, I would turn the camera vertical. Now the fence becomes a frame of what lies beyond. Rather than follow its line down the road, we stand against it observing the scene. The grass is in the middle ground and the fields beyond. Other than that, there's nothing I would change at the scene. I might have used a slightly wider lens to capture the fullness of the setting sun, but that's about all now for me. Both versions work. They are both good pictures. They simply tell different stories. But this one is closer to the story the photographer wanted to tell, and that is the reason we take photographs to express ourselves