Elements in Composition. It is almost always an instant dilemma for me whether to add more or less elements in my composition. Adding elements might create too much clutter or might put a dead-end on where the eyes of the viewer will rest. On the other hand, subtracting it might leave the composition too simple without much excitement and drama. Moderation is the key. And there are certain subjects that screams for you to add, and there are also subjects that where less is more.
Here below is one example. I remember I was drawn into the hot smoke emitted by the peanuts, I was initially tempted to shoot the peanuts with its smoke. But being aware that the gas lamp at the side would create a more interesting shot, I decided to include it. Be aware that by including the gas lamp which is very bright will fool your camera’s metering, so try to compensate along the way. Cheers!
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/125, ISO 200, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
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