North Dakota in Autumn

by | Sep 25, 2012 | Impressive Places | 0 comments

Today was a long day of driving from the southeastern edge of North Dakota right up through to the northwestern corner of the state and up into Saskatchewan, Canada. Wish I had more time to spend in this fascinating part of the country!

6898_-North Dakota-USA_Canon EOS 40D, 200 mm, 1-1250 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

About the picture: What caught my eye here was the fact that the barn stood alone up against the dry, partially changed trees in the background. The key to getting good shots of the countryside when you’re traveling is to focus on simplicity. Focus on it religiously! There are way too many distractions and ugly things that must be intentionally avoided. Otherwise, they they will show up in your picture to do their job of making your great compositions look junky. Telephone poles and wires, fences, shrubby bushes, and blurry foreground grass (if your shooting from the car) simply make your pictures look junky. I cropped this image a little to eliminate a distracting tuft of grass in the bottom right hand corner of the picture.

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