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    The Healing Garden

    I took my mother to an appointment at the hospital last week. The Healing Garden is in a court yard between the buildings. There is a fish pond and lots of plants and flowers with cozy places to sit. Very peaceful. Here are a few pics I took of some of the fish and foliage. It was late afternoon and the sun was low which made for some nice lighting. C and C welcome.

    Trellis- f 5.6, 1/100, iso 400, Canon 55-250mm zoom @ 55

    The Healing Garden


    Fish1 - f5.6, 1/50, iso 800, 55mm
    The Healing Garden

    Three Fish - f 5.6, 1/60, iso 400, 55mm
    The Healing Garden


    Ornamental Grass - f8, 1/160, iso 400, 55mm
    The Healing Garden

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    A delightful set of shots Ali. The fish shots are good but the first and last shots (flowers and grass) are just great. As you say, the light was very good. Technically, the image quality and processing are very good too.

    These should be viewed full size for best effect.

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    The first and last get my vote too, and yes in larger size the detail stands out.

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    Dave,

    Thank you for viewing and commenting on the photos. The first one was my favorite, but I really like the grass pic too. The colors and light just came together in that pic. Just a few blades of grass in focus, but they really jump out.

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    Robin,

    The photos are better viewed at the larger size. There are a lot of fine details in the flowers and grass.

    Thanks for viewing and commenting.

    Ali

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    Hi Ali. You did capture the peacefulness of the place. The patients are lucky that someone cares enough to spend the money on the garden.

    From a photographic stand point: I find that the shiny screw and nail heads pull the eye towards them, which is a distraction from the beautiful parts. I clone them out in my photos. You might want to try doing that.

    The second fish image is better than the first, even though the first is a more dynamic image, because of the light reflections, which pull the eye away from the fish and hide the stones below the surface.

    I love the colors in the grass photo. I find the right side of the image more interesting than the left side because the right side is more uniformly lit and the one grass sheaf is clearly in focus.

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    Ken,

    Thanks for the great tips. I never thought to remove the nails, but it definitely made the photo look nicer without them.

    I wasn't sure whether or not to crop the left side from the grass photo. I tinkered with it in several ways and ended up leaving it as the original. I'll try some more sizes.

    Here is the trellis without the nails

    The Healing Garden

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    Good job, but is that another naily on the left just at the edge of the frame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajsmith View Post
    Here is the trellis without the nails
    Much, much better. Well done!

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