Sunday, June 15, 2008

Picket Fence

This fence surrounds one of the beautiful homes in the historic King William neighborhood of San Antonio. I first shot it in color. It looked fine, but switching to black and white helped me to really see what had drawn me to this view in the first place. The strong vertical lines are now the most important element. The spacing of the pickets-farther apart in the foreground and closer together in the distance-set up a rhythm. The straight lines and even spacing encourages you to notice the curvy tops of the pickets and the post. In black and white, there is nothing to distract from an arresting composition. Most digital cameras have a built-in black and white mode. Why not try viewing your world in black and white?


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