Photo Tip: Simple Is Beautiful

By | 2017-04-19T04:15:49+00:00 Jun 2nd, 2016|

I’ll be the first to admit that I fall into the common trap of overcomplicating my composition when a simple one would be just as effective, if not more so. It’s an easy thing to do and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it. We’re so driven to create unique compositions that it can cloud the intent of conveying the beauty in front of you.

On a recent trip to Trillium Lake, I spent most of my time thinking about how to not reinvent the wheel that I burnt off most of my time with great light. Fortunately, I came to my senses just when things were getting really good and opted to simplify. I put on my Zeiss Loxia 50mm prime lens and framed up Mt. Hood and part of its reflection in Trillium Lake. It’s a classic photo and you know what? It’s one of my favorites from the shoot because of how simple and elegant the composition is.

So next time you’re out on a shoot, keep in mind that you don’t have to overcomplicate things to execute on your vision. Identify what about the scene is most important to you and shoot.

48 Comments

  1. Greg Hughes June 2, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Wise words… (I do this too…) ?

  2. Marc Weisberg June 2, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Great job on the Hood.

  3. Dwayne Dickerson June 3, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    I like the way Mother Nature staged (composed) the clouds behind the mountain. She might have added a bit of sunset rouge to the clouds.

  4. Wes Gibson June 3, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I did the same thing at Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. Went for the classic shot. Ended up with a photo that I was very happy with. Ended up as a new addition to my portfolio. I might even print it out for my home.

  5. Julia Marinozzi June 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    that last part is great general life advice, too.

  6. Cal Mukumoto June 4, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Exactly!

  7. Paulie Grugan June 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Great shot. I love it tgere

  8. Marci Menasco June 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Jaden Hernandez??

  9. Mary Loughlin June 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    So true. Gorgeous shot!

  10. Kieron Wilson June 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Great shot. Wise words

  11. Earl Hamilton June 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    That is just one of many you hhave

  12. Jay DeBerry June 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    If it looks like a painting as it does then you nailed it.

  13. Sharon Rogers June 6, 2016 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  14. Ed Durabb June 6, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Lovely picture and even better post. I am the poster boy for trying to do too much in a scene, especially when I am in a location I don’t get to very often. The results are clutter and cropping since I have to zoom out to get everything on Planet earth in the shot. I have gotten better lately but I still slip occasionally. Really beautiful shot by the way.

  15. Robert W. Fawcett June 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Excellent !!

  16. Stephen Lamm June 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Who are you how do you get on my Facebook Mr. picture taker

  17. Randy Beatty June 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Stunning!

  18. Philomena Buckman June 7, 2016 at 12:39 am - Reply

    That is really beautiful!

  19. Kathy Jenkin June 7, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  20. Vijay Ram June 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pic !

  21. Steve Armstrong June 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Many times keeping it simple is the best way to go.

  22. Willy Ward June 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Wow

  23. Marlene Whitaker June 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Your last paragraph sums up how we should shoot our own lives. Enjoy!

  24. Mark Beard June 8, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

    How true ,simpler things are,the more there is to it .It makes you think more about the image

  25. Martin Rees June 8, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Bend of the river,a favourite film with James Street,located on these slopes

  26. Muriel Spelas June 8, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Great advice

  27. Jean Deaton June 8, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    That is so tranquil an beautiful!!!!

  28. Pat Paris June 8, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  29. Mary Moranville June 8, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Outstanding and your point is spot on!

  30. Dean Baucom June 8, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful!!!

  31. Jordan Barber June 8, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Erinore
    #hobbit

  32. Sandra Cavill June 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Stunning!!!

  33. Kate Sutter June 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Awesome!!!

  34. Laryn Joy Stoddard June 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Ryan Gehring

  35. Donna Atkins June 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    You can’t beat Nature!!! Mother Earth does a pretty good job!

  36. Rebekah Drake June 9, 2016 at 1:54 am - Reply

    That is so tranquil an beautiful!!!!

  37. Falcon Saum Hunter June 9, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  38. Flora Blake June 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Beautiful

  39. Gilneide Ferman June 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Simply magnificent!

  40. Deborah Burton June 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Wow this is beautiful. Are you kidding me. This is not over work. It is photo realistic. Terrific job

  41. Tom Jarvis June 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking. This is paradise

  42. Jean Gett June 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love it!

  43. Obed Acevedo June 10, 2016 at 3:04 am - Reply
  44. Amy Vale June 10, 2016 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Awesome view

  45. Kendra Carroll June 10, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

    James Carroll

  46. Jordin Babbitt June 10, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Merchelle Neztsosie

  47. Angela Marotta Migliore June 10, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Great post and image!

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