Lens-Artists Challenge #201: Three Photos, One Story

This week, Ann-Christine hosts the Lens-Artists Challenge – Three of a Kind, introducing me to a new art term: triptych, the use of three parts to tell a story. With nature photography, there’s so many things in a scene that could be split up into three photos to tell its story. My challenge was picking three sections of a glorious garden scene–there was so much to look at! Perhaps one reason to use the triptych technique is to help artists (and their audiences) hone in on three equally impressive scenes, while gaining insight to a larger scene.

I’ve shared some photos of the Kimberly Crest mansion and its gardens in the past–those were taken in the winter. I recently returned to take additional photos of the gardens emerging in spring. I found new flowers and beautiful birds. I’ve included three photos from the 110-year-old Italian-inspired garden that has successfully adapted to the southern California climate, complete with a migrating oriole, tiny, tightly-packed red roses, trellises, paths, and an ornate water fountain.

Taking photos of something from three different angles is another way that I think the triptych technique works well for photography. In my next set of photos, I’ve captured Sunset Crater in northern Arizona from a hiking trail west of it, across a meadow nearby, and up close, near the crater. All three photos depict a different scene and the landscape looks different, but each one is tied to Sunset Crater (which is a really cool national monument north of Flagstaff–worth checking out).

Photography is definitely an art. Using the triptych technique adds an extra visual element to the scene–you can look at each photo individually or see all three as a bigger picture.

Also sharing for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC) – Macro or Close-up and Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD).

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am a professional proofreader (ProofreadingatDawn.com) and write a photography blog (PeacefulatDawn.com). In my free time, I love taking photos, admiring beautiful moments in nature, and I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

14 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #201: Three Photos, One Story

  1. I was surprised when you said you’d not heard of triptychs before Dawn because you did such a terrific job of showing and explaining how well they work to further explore a scene. Terrific post!

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  2. New technique! Interesting way to present a photo from different perspectives. Thank you for sharing new ways to view thru a lens. Enjoyed the photos!

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  3. I think you’re right–about using triptychs for landscapes and (I think) for visits to a place like the gardens you’ve chosen. They work well to give us a clearer picture of the scope of the place and its grandeur. The wild desert landscape is wonderful! A complete contrast to the manicured garden.

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