Philbrook

There’s nothing subtle about the title of this week’s post: it’s simply an outdoor view of the Philbrook Museum (the location of last week’s Joy in the Water photo) taken at the south end of one of its terraced walkways. As my wife and I were walking the grounds I kept looking for interesting photo opportunities and even though this one is somewhat pedestrian and even a bit boring, I like how it turned in a compositional sense. The subject is squarely in the center, and the lines of trees as well as the stone terraces all serve to draw your eye to the house-turned-museum. And even though the overall symmetry of the image might seem kind of boring, I think it’s kind of pleasing. I thought about going for a different perspective but…

a) I didn’t want to spend all afternoon trying to capture the ideal shot
b) I liked this composition just the way it was
c) It was about 100 degrees outside and we really wanted to get back to the air-conditioned interior

I focused on the windows and shot at f/5.6 to get things nice and sharp, and thanks to a ton of light I was able to use ISO 100 and a fast shutter to avoid any blur from an unexpected breeze. You also can’t see it but right behind me is a fountain and I originally shot a few pictures with that in the center, but it created a weird distracting column of water right where I wanted the viewer to focus on the house. So maybe that counts as trying a different perspective? I dunno. Either way I’m happy with this shot and it might, just might, end up printed and in a frame on our wall someday :)

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