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on Jul 11, 2019 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

Dead Center Continues

Horseshoe Canyon Barn
captured by Z7 / Z24-70f2.8

I have a thing for barns, especially lonely old barns. And in Montana, it’s pretty easy to find them. The challenge is finding them when light and mood makes it worth stopping and photographing them. In the past week, I’ve been able to photograph over a dozen as the skies just keep performing. And they all have ended up being dead center in the photograph. Dead center you say? I thought that was bad!

Johnson Canyon Barn
captured by Z7 / Z24-70f2.8

You’ve probably read or heard that dead center is bad. Did you know that dead center is the most powerful form of composition we have, if … if the elements in the frame support it. In photographing the lonely barn or building then, being lonely in part supports being dead center. The sky is what really makes it all work. I wish I had a formula for you when it comes to the skies, but I don’t. The main element in skies I look for is mood which is a combination of lights and darks. Character in the barn, the landscape and the skies comes together, dead center is really your only choice.

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