May 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm #11890June 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm #11907
wbaxterParticipantJune 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm #11920
Thank you vrey much for submitting this photo Wallace. I think it shows just how good a photograph with a lot of red in can look. We’re often advised to avoid red but this proves that’s not the case. It has the feel good factorJune 25, 2016 at 8:01 pm #11997June 26, 2016 at 10:24 am #12004
Photographing a large area of a garden is not easy, what looks good to the eye (which has a brain behind it!) often looks a confusing mass in a photo. Macro is easier in that sense, but brings a whole new set of problems. You will never get everything in focus (unless you “stack” which only suits a static subject) and therefore you need to get your zone of focus spot on (your picture frustrates terribly if you don’t), Peters picture of the line shows this beautifully. Then there is the issue of the distraction of damaged, diseased or missing bits on your subject which you often don’t notice when you press the shutter.
You can look for things like the water droplets on leaves like Lady’s Mantle, which Peter has taken here(not Lady’s Mantle in this case), he has cleverly made a pattern of it by having one central drop.
Good set of shots.
Funnily enough I was preparing a critique of the winning image from 2016 to go on the website.June 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm #12014
Thanks very much for your comments John. It’s very true that can be quite difficult to a background that doesn’t distract in some way. As gardens are colourful places out of focus bright colours are very eye catching. I find it quite interesting to use a very shallow depth of field for effect. It certainly shows you the world in a different way.
There are many outstanding photographs on the link you kindly provided. it gives us inspiration and a high standard to aim for. They show how artistic nature photography can be by applying some imagination.
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