The Overreaction

Minimalism as Less Elements

A minimalist photo of Long shadow of a blue pipe on a sunlit orange wall
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Some problems or issues are simple & relatively small just like the straight blue line here. But many a times we tend to overreact & over-complicate petty issues and make them big. We blow things out of proportion. The thick curved shadow of the pipe depicts our unwanted overreaction. On the other hand, when we are faced with a big complex problem we all act sensibly and sort it out well. Human behavior is complex, isn't it?


The photo falls under Minimalism as Less Elements category. To Compose, I made sure that I placed the curved shadow of the blue pipe in the center of the frame to give it maximum attention.(one of the rare occasions where I center placed the subject). The shadow is not my primary subject. My primary subject is the blue pipe, which I first placed on the top of the frame following the rule of thirds. Later, I made adjustments to my physical position as well as the other elements in the frame. I mostly add extra sharpness in my shots but that is a matter of personal preference, you may or may not choose to add it.

Tip: Practice spotting long shadows whenever you are out in the sun, with or without the camera.