To Keep Reader Interest, Zoom In (a reblog)

Allison's blog
Allison’s blog

This originally ran on Allison’s blog a few days ago.

Have a look, I’d like your thoughts.

Agree or disagree?

Speak to me!


I spent this weekend on a “staycation” with my family. We drove a few hours away from our house to explore the Colorado wilds, including Great Sand Dune National Park and trekking on winding mountain roads in search of fall colors.

It was glorious. Quality family time, and I had a great excuse to not edit.

*clears throat*

Anyway, since we did touristy stuff, I took pictures. At the dunes, I took these:

But this was the most popular one on social media:

During the leaf exploration, I took these:
But after considering the response to the dune pics, I shared only this one:

Why did I think the last pic would be the favorite?

It has a narrow focus.

Consider the popular dune pic. In it, I focused on three things: the footprints, the person (my husband), and the sky. Easy to see and understand.

In the other pics, there really wasn’t a focus. The dunes are freaking huge and I wanted to relay that. Problem is, well…

The dunes are freaking huge.

There’s no way to capture their enormity in a photograph. Even the best, most professional photograph wouldn’t do justice to actually being there.

By narrowing the focus, I allowed my friends to experience what I did on a scale that could be captured with a picture.


The rest of her very interesting piece is HERE. Please read through and comment there or here. I’m curious about your thoughts.

Then I’ll share mine.



10 thoughts on “To Keep Reader Interest, Zoom In (a reblog)

  1. Allison’s awesome. That said:

    This comes pretty close to the old ‘show, don’t tell’ debate. I’m generally a fan of the showing. There should always be showing. There are times, of course, when you HAVE to tell, to move a story along, but for the most part, yes. Show. Don’t tell me about the zombiepocalypse, show me blood-streaked newspapers in the breeze, drifting along an empty city street.

    There’s one thing I have to add, though. The popular pictures have a narrow focus, yes–but the composition in the two popular pics is also to die for. So we could maybe make this about the importance of good story framing, as well. 🙂

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