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It an be tough sometimes to present that which we already know.
I think the classic example of this is the image of the "spec" in the distance. The person (budding shutterbug snapshots) who took the image was there and knows what the "spec" is and thinks their viewer should see it with the same passion as they have for it. Meanwhile, we just see a spec and politely say "Oh, now I see it." after being told what it is.
While this image isn't remotely close to the "spec" ... the concept of already knowing what our viewer doesn't is one that routinely prevails for us to consider how our message/point will be perceived from our viewer's perspective rather than our own.
You're giving both elements too much emphasis. Decide what should tell the story, the knife, or the end result: the recently diced fresh vegetable.
This doesn't mean the knife should not be in the composition, but rather that it shouldn't exceed its secondary role.
John has a good read on things here. With this being an image for the WA with the subject theme of food, I feel like you're really wanting to show us a strong image of your knife, but got caught in "no man's land" not wanting to "stray" too far from the food by making the knife dominant. I'd like to see an unrestricted, strong presentation where your knife is prominently shown (unlimited, i.e. with/without food props, etc.) and there is no longer an uncertainty as to who the star of the shot is supposed to be.
The WA is about challenging ourselves to grow ... in the spirit of that, I'd extend that to challenge yourself to present an image(s) that leaves no doubt as to the excellence of your fine cutlery. Easier said, than done ... go for it ... growth awaits.
Edited on Mar 08, 2013 at 02:59 PM · View previous versions