Picture me tearing a page out of a notebook, crumpling it into a little ball, and making the shot into the wastebasket. Because that is what I just did, so to speak, with the post I started before 6:30 this morning… Why? Because it just felt so philosophical and heading real quick in the direction of whiney.
This is my puppy day… a scheduled day off to stay home with these two goofballs … and a chance to do something I want to do with my time. And what I don’t want to do is dwell on all the things I have no control over. I have control of today, well when the puppy let’s me. But in the few hours in between, today is mine and I want to talk about and share some photography, work on some pieces, and who knows maybe even start new piece. It’s a tall order… so I better get started.
The Harvest House is my homage to fall… Nothing says fall like a cornfield past it’s prime.
I actually thought I had finished this image. I printed it, entered it in photo exhibit, and put it on my website. But even after all that, something was nagging at me. Every time I opened my website and saw this image, all sorts of questions would pop up: Something’s off? What’s missing? And then I would tell myself I was overthinking it (we’ve talked about that) and move on. Then I came across a short (really short… only 90 seconds!) YouTube video called 5 Tips for Photo Compositing . He has some good tips and if you’re thinking about compositing, it’s a good place to start. #5 was the one that really hit a cord. And I knew right then… what The Harvest House was missing, what was off, why I couldn’t let it go. It needed more corn!!! Seriously though and more specifically it felt…flat… like the story just stopped. It was missing a third element to give it more dimension… a more in depth story. I could have taken it in a number of directions, but for this story more corn (and a few birds, which never hurts) was all I needed.
Check out the before and after…
Today, I can say it is done. And that is because since I have made the changes, I have revisited it a number of times and the questions are quiet and I get that little prickly feeling of excitement whenever I see the story on the screen just the way I imagined it.