There are reasons I am primarily a bug and flower photographer. One of the biggest of those reasons is that bug and flower shot compositions are pretty simple.
Look – a flower!
Or Look – a bug!
Or sometimes Look – a bug on a flower!
One subject, simple background. Piece of cake.
I admire good landscape photographers but I feel completely inadequate every time I pretend to be one. While I’m composing landscape images I usually spend a lot of time fretting and second guessing about foreground, horizon line placement, and other factors that don’t come into play with close-up photography. For whatever reason, my brain is wired such that composing close-ups of bugs and flowers comes intuitively but landscape photos are mentally painful.
That said, there are times and places when even I can take a decent landscape photo. Last month, I was on a ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills, possibly the most scenic grassland landscape in the world. The light was great and I had a little time, so I aimed my camera at a windmill and hay bales to see what I could do. I took a lot of shots, and though I kept feeling like I wasn’t quite capturing the essence of what I was seeing, I liked the photos well enough. After about 20 minutes, I had about 100 different images that were all very similar to each other and the next challenge was to narrow it down to my favorite. I almost got there – I got down to two.
Maybe you can help. Let me know if you like either of these two images, and if so, which you like more. In the meantime, I think I’ll go look for a bug. On a flower. Something my brain can handle.