Photo Tip: Look for the Details

Long Wu Lamaserty Tongren ChinaLong Wu Lamasery, Tongren, China. Leica S2

When you are in exotic locations it’s all too easy to be so overwhelmed by the scene right in front of you that it’s easy to overlook small details that might be equally significant or at least add context to the surroundings.

Here in the Long Wu lamasery in Qinghai Province, China, one position used by praying monks over many, many years has been deeply worn into the wooden floor leaving a very distinct image of two feet. If you didn’t know it was there it would be easy to miss, but as luck would have it I was there when the light was low, bringing the worn shape into deep relief.

The monastery is superb and there are an amazing variety of images to be made, but opening your eyes to the small details can lead to unusual images like this one.

Here’s another image from the same location – you can see why you could easily miss those little details when there is so much else to see.

Long Wu LamaseryLong Wu Lamasery. Leica s2

via Leica Akademie


Nick Rains has been a professional photographer for thirty years of broad experience and he remains a working photographer, shooting assignments around Australia and the rest of the world. He is also Principal Instructor for the Australian branch of the Leica Akademie.

Nick is a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is a National Judge at the annual Australian Professional Print Awards (APPA). In 2002 Nick was awarded Australian Geographic Magazine Photographer of the Year and continues to shoot assignments for the magazine all around Australia.

Post-production is another of Nick's strengths, he is an acknowledged Photoshop and Lightroom expert and has been involved in teaching advanced courses in these two industry leading applications for the past five years. Nick is also a skilled printer, making fine prints for exhibitions and often takes on consulting roles with inkjet manufacturers.

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