Mundane Experimental: Up Close and Personal

What I learned from the last Mundane Experimental was that more often than not, it seems that to make something interesting, you have to get up close to it.  Just like dealing with people, if you think about it.  You don't really find out who they really are until you get to know them a bit, and you can't really connect with a person from a distance.

What is this?  Can you tell?

ISO 250   16-55mm lens at 55mm   f/2.8   1/60sec

It's dirty and green.  Would you touch it?  I don't think I would, but I definitely got close enough to take this shot.

What I found most interesting about it was the texture of the object.  It gives it more life.  Even more interesting that at f/2.8, which is the largest aperture the lens has, makes the texture more prominent.

It's just an ordinary green waste recycle bin on a busy street in downtown San Francisco.

For the close up picture, my shutter speed was a little too slow, so I was unable to capture the full sharpness of the dirt on the bin.  But sometimes when you're doing street photography, you're often snapping pics while on the go.

I can see the wisdom now of what that fellow photographer taught me when he mentioned one of his assignments in school was to take pictures of a garbage can and make it interesting.  Trying to figure out how to make things interesting is a fun challenge.  Which begs the question: What truly makes the first photo interesting?  Is it the texture?  The shallow depth of field?  Or is it the mystery of trying to decipher what you're looking at?  Or perhaps it's the composition as a whole?

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1 with 16-55mm f/2.8 lens.