Break Patterns for an Element of Surprise

While sitting at the drive-thru at Zaxby's one day, I noticed a beautiful stand of grass at the edge of the parking lot. After ordering a salad, I dashed home (just a quarter-mile away), grabbed my camera and headed back to the restaurant. 


What I loved most about this stand of grass, other than it was a rare monoculture not yet invaded by local weeds, was the way the tall stems and seed heads swayed in the light breeze. I placed the camera on a tripod and slowed the exposure down to catch some of this movement. This was my favorite shot, as the one stem was determined to lean into the wind at contrast to the other grasses. It's a good example of how breaking a pattern with an unexpected element changes the dynamics of an image and makes it more interesting.