February 2019. My back yard and my computer. Every year there are plum blossoms in my yard. Every year — in homage to Japanese art — I photograph them, searching for The One. Over the past few weeks, many gigabytes died on this search.
This blossom? That one? One blossom? Many? High-key? Low-key? Simple background? Mottled background? High contrast? Low contrast? Saturated? Muted? On and on and on and on. . .
Images fell like so many petals.
And then a couple weeks ago while running errands on a Saturday afternoon I got caught up in a story on the radio about the unconventional success of Trader Joe’s. Turns out that one of the many reasons for their success is that while they may seem to offer a lot of choice, they don’t. Too much choice leads to indecision and that leads to no sale. Hmmmm. . .
Back to the blossoms. KISS. Keep it simple, Scandling. All the rain we’ve been having means there are no perfect specimens. Get over it. But every single image in past years has been horizontal and this very-good-but-not-perfect one is vertical. Good. Tradition is over-rated. Everything else just fell into place.
And there you are.
(Nikon D500. Tamron 100-400 F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 2. Final editing in Photoshop.)
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