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CSLR Challenge 81: Simplicity (Host: Jim Harrison)

After the subject of removing some possibly distracting or unnecessary details from a couple of photos came up in the last challenge, I thought it might be interesting to explore the whole idea of simplicity as an element of photo composition.

So this is the "Simplicity" challenge.

I'm no expert on this but I have felt for a long time that very often an image can be much more effective if extraneous or competing subjects can be removed. This was brought home to me in the last challenge because I struggled with the choice between one version of a photo and a "simplified" version when deciding which to enter. And later, some comments in the voting thread and in the galleries confirmed that I was not the only one thinking about this.

Doing a web search, I found that there are many mentions of simplicity in discussions of photographic composition.

Here are a few links that I came across. I'll add more if I find some:

http://photoinf.com/General/Wendy_Folse/Composition_Part_I_Theme_Emphasis_Simplicity_Rule_of_Thirds.htm

http://photoinf.com/General/KODAK/guidelines_for_better_photographic_composition_simplicity.html

http://www.anandtech.com/digitalcameras/showdoc.aspx?i=2280&p=2

As in the last challenge, I think one of the best things that can come out of this is that we'll all learn from each other and perhaps be forced to think about and discuss an aspect of composition that we may have either not thought much about or had only thought of more on a subconscious level.

Please post any good links you find and also your thoughts about this subject. And show us all what simplicity or simplification of a photo means to you.

Have fun! Jim



Challenge Timetable:

Challenge Starts: Friday, November 17th 2006 0:00 UTC
Challenge Ends: Tuesday, November 28th 2006 23:59 UTC

Voting Begins: Wednesday, November 29th 2006 0:00 UTC
Voting Ends: Thursday, November 30th 2006 23:59 UTC



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