When you pay attention to detail, the big picture will take care of itself. ~George St-Pierre
Sometimes when I go out on a photo shoot, I focus on the big picture—like a sweeping landscape or cityscape —trying to capture as much of the scene as I can. But often, the details do a better job of “telling the story.”
Here’s a recent example. This week, I took several walks to the home of John Paul Jones, a Revolutionary war hero who lived in Portsmouth in the 1700’s. This beautifully preserved colonial house is now a museum, surrounded by several outbuildings and gardens.
My first goal was to focus on the home–at a distance– and then zero in on the details. The house, built in the Georgian style in the 1700’s, has a clapboard exterior, gabled dormers and a segmental arch over the front door. As I took the detail shot, I was surprised to see the row of dentils embedded in the arch. I hadn’t noticed that before.
As I walked around the gardens, I paid attention to the details. Fortunately for me, the tulips were blooming this week. Here you can see the difference in the buds and petals from Monday to Tuesday on two sunny days.
As I walked around the site, I captured a few other details, like a path leading to a small outbuilding with a curved wooden bench with a view of the house and gardens and a sundial surrounded by budding tulips.
Once I started looking for the details, I was surprised at how many I found. Each detail enriched my experience of the visit and gave me a more complete picture of the place.
This week, we invite you join us for LAPC #146, Focusing on the Details. Include photos of the details from one subject (a person, a place, an object) or many subjects. It’s totally up to you. We hope you have fun taking a closer look at the details. In your post, include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can easily find your post in the Reader.
A special thanks to Priscilla of Scillagrace for her fabulous Getting to Know You! challenge last week. I love how you all took this theme in many different directions–showing us more about yourself or people you love through photographs. Others focused on the places where you live and your culture. As always, your posts surprised, delighted, and inspired us. On Saturday, May 8, Amy will host LAPC #147, so be sure to visit her beautiful and thoughtful site for her latest inspiration.
Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.