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Why? Sometimes an image just sticks with you. This was at Groot Constantia recently for Wine magazine. The lines with the slight break at the left top corner just worked so well for me. I maintain that autumn is the Cape's best kept secret, especially just after the harvest, as leaves become yellow and start falling off the vines.

For all the photography/visual communications fundies:

First off:

Camera settings: you figure it ou - lots of depth of field, overcast sky, lo ISO.... f16 rule for the southern hemisphere reads: at midday in full sun 1/125th f16 on 100 ISO will give you a good exposure. Deduct 2 stops for overcast, another for a stop lower ISO.... Aspirant photogs get way side-tracked by settings instead of the images- go play! Figure it out.

Camera: 5D.

Secondly: visual communication specs:

  • This is a prime example of the secondary visual principle of RHYTHM.
  • Diagonal lines against the Western reading direction gives you: Dynamism
  • GESTALT's rules of visual perception utilised: the sum of the parts does not equal the whole (w.o.w. 24 diagonal lines does not equal a vineyard, or vines does not equal green corduroy pattern), proximity, similarity, any more?

Hahaha - now that we got all that out of the way - I took the pic cuz I liked it, and I composed it absent-mindedly till it just WORKED! Relax, just take pictures!!!!!!

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