Complex Simplicity #2

Awhile back, I wrote about the concept of complex simplicity, a term coined by my tour partner Dan Sniffin.   To my eye, this image fits the term.  While it has a lot going on, it really is a very simple composition.  Lots of straight lines created by the trees and branches, and then some branches with curved shapes and a few splashes of color to direct the eye.  So while complex, it really is quite simple.  Complex simplicity.



On a processing note, I used a blended layer (at 50% opacity) of Alien Skin’s Snap Art 4 Impasto to soften the busyness just a bit. 

Speaking about processing, my friends at Totally Rad have just released Replichrome II Slide Film.  These film presets work with Lightroom and also right in ACR on the RAW file.  This makes them unique and non-destructive.  Beyond that, they are excellent simulations.  All of your favorite chromes are there from Fuji and Kodak. I’ve converted the Cuba car scene below with both the Fuji and Kodak presets




Fuji Velvia



Kodak Ektachrome 64



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  1. Rich Lewis May 14, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I love this image John and the term Complex Simplicity. When you click on the image to enlarge it, you can really study all the stuff going on. Nature can be really random but when you line it all up the final image becomes something uniquely outstanding.

    Thanks also for showing the results Replichrome. It makes me miss the magic of slide film.

    • john8276 May 14, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Thanks Rich. Yes, Replichrome brings back that Film feel very well. 🙂

  2. marty golin May 15, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    Seems to hit the sweet spot between texture (or several textures), which tends to be viewed as a single element(s), & individual details, each one standing on its own.

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