That is gorgeous. The low position not only gets us down and close, but it creates a sense of mystery as we wonder what else is just beyond what we can see.
I think the composition is wonderful because you've got that very strong element running right up the right-hand third vertical. And that's beautifully balanced by the strong vertical stem over on the left-hand side. And those two provide us with a frame through which we can look into the middle and background. But what is to the right of the RH third vertical is not lost or surplus. It shows us that we can actually run round the side of that strong edge to the 'frame' and get to whatever is behind. And the inclusion of just that glimpse of sky keeps it 'open' and not claustrophobic.
I love it. I think it's a beauty.
Thank you, Donald. I'm glad you like it. I like the composition, too, which is why I chose it over the generally sharper one I shot a few secs later (see below). A bit of a breeze had bent that LH vertical element on an angle and I rushed to catch it before I had chosen the focal point I had intended (blossom on the right). Quite a lot in that first frame was stirring, judging by a comparison with the second set of bracketed shots that this one came from:
You'll notice that the LH element is more vertical, and so the other crop doesn't work with it. I suppose someone more experienced would have increased ISO to get a faster shutter speed and/or more depth of field, but I was stubbornly sticking to the D90's best. And I suppose if I had stopped to change the ISO, I would have missed the shot altogether.
While I'm here, I might as well ask people which frame they prefer and why. (Both images should be viewed in the lightbox.) Thanks.
Oooooo, Janis! I like these - both of them. The color in the second one is just what I needed, today!
Thanks, Katy. The first one struck me as mildly impressionistic and so I was hoping it would please you and Wendy. Do you think I should bring the first one more in line with the second in terms of tonal values (i.e. weighted more on the darker end)?
Nice Janis and you are right I do like the impressionistic look of the first one. The colours in the second have a lot going for them too though so it might be worth trying the same tones in the first. I do like the first one best in terms of composition, but the more I look at the second shot, the more I like it. At first glance it is a bit busy looking and not as balanced as the first. Really hard to pick one, both are very pleasing to look at. Great job.
I was struck by two things;
the great composition (as Donald explains)
but also; it looks about 1/2 stop over exposed, like the colours might have clipped but been rescued in PP.
I have got bitten by that so many times I am now paranoid about checking blinkies and RGB histograms.
Hope that's helpful,
I think Wendy said it well so I can just leave it at that! (Also, I always listen to Dave yes, I do! although, of course, I can't tell if it was overexposed just by looking at it, myself - that's why I love the histogram in Lightroom - it has little warning triangles about being overblown or under - then, I can highlight the trouble spots and adjust - love it! I just thought I'd throw that in - it's one of the things that I'm enjoying working with, at the moment. I think Dave is talking about "in camera", though. Ack! I'm rambling terribly!)
Janis, use a credit card sized grey card, they are great and there is never an excuse to be without it.
Just google it, they are quite reasonable, although I recall it was spelt 'digital gray card' as some do!.
No problem; we Canadians spell like Americans one day, and Brits the next.Just google it, they are quite reasonable, although I recall it was spelt 'digital gray card' as some do!.