Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tulip in the Nude


I chose this photo based on a continued effort to bring you photos that are without major processing. I have another version of this photo that was processed using the channel mixer and other such delights. I'm not going to let you see it. Well, maybe next week, if you're nice to me.

This photo was taken several months ago. To me, it symbolizes the progress I have made as a photographer. When I look at it now, I ask my self why there is such a large space of unappealing dirt in the background, just underneath the subject. Why didn't I lower my tripod a bit so that the green foliage was behind the flower?

I'll tell you why. Because at the time, I didn't know any better. I'm posting the picture anyways, because I still like it. If you don't like it, feel free to tell me. Just don't tell me you dislike it as a result of the patch of dirt behind the flower; that would really bug me. Any other constructive criticism is fair game.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 20mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 50

22 Comments:

Blogger Ali said...

I really like the compositon of this shot. The rule of thirds has been used quite creatively and effectively here. I would say that there is nothing wrong that I can see in this shot. Even the patch of dirt is alright I guess.

8:20 AM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

It's a lovely shot.

It is interesting to gauge our own progress by how we look at previous shot we've done. A shot that excited us a few months ago can seem lacking now. It's good and bad I guess. I go through this internal battle almost weekly even daily.

8:54 AM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice framing and good dof, great capture Timmy!

10:50 AM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Pya said...

I like this one. If you had kept your tripod a little lower, i think the subject would have eaten into the background...and too much pink (which is not bad either!).

I like this as it is.

I fight a different battle. I sometimes think my previous shots were better than the recent ones and i question my evolution:P (is it just me?)

11:06 AM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

I like this picture, because there's a patch of dirt behind it. It tells me about it's location, your choice and thus its distinctiveness, and what you would think after you shot it ;-). Considering what Laurie said, I may start posting everyday again, because it helps to improve the skill, methods. However I will only be able to comment on few friends' photos due lack of time, well I'll try my best.

Unique shot, cheers!

1:10 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Natalie said...

I'm not bothered by the dirt, but I agree with you that a little more looking upward with the lense would have produced a possible more interesting picture. And yet, it is a good picture and the flower is shown in it's context.

1:55 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

What I like about this is the clear closeup of the tulip with the complement of the fuzzy masses, all in brilliant purple.

3:35 PM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

i like composition and dof here...beautiful flowers shot- lovely magenta!:-))

7:27 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

A fantastic eye you have!! This is a wonderful composition! If removing the dirt patch by moving the camera would've changed the compositon, I would've left this as is. And you don't know if it would have. Glad you posted this today.

7:55 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Sudhi said...

I feel the dirt patch some of us referred to is definitely not a distraction and lovely colors!!

9:48 PM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Yanik T said...

The composition and DoF is great here...nice shot

10:52 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger Zebigleb said...

Color and composition
Much more than flowers
Great

11:32 PM, June 27, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Hey, you are not allowed to critque your own work, leave that to the Susbter :)

Funny thing Is I like this shot just as it is, the unappealling dirt does not dyistract in any way from the shot, yes maybe lowering your tripod may have got you a beter shot, but hey this shot is still lovely as it is. Welldone on your obvious progress as a "prosumer" looking forward to more shots from you.

Suby

2:30 AM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

I agree with you that it would be nice not to see the dirt, although I do like it a lot how it is. They would be two very different images with that small change made.

3:25 AM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Love the perspective you've chosen here.

4:11 AM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous ana said...

what's funny about this shot is that I didn't really pay much mind to the patch of dirt. at first glance I thought it was a beautiful photo. then i read your gripe about it, and it's all I can look at.

4:37 AM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I agree with Ana. I never even noticed the patch of dirt until you mentioned it. And even then, it doesn't really distract all that much. Besides, no shot can be perfect, and all the good things in this far outweigh the bad.

4:51 AM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

Great DoF and composition, Timmy! I've enjoyed viewing your posts and seeing how your skills have evolved. You're doing a fantastic job!

5:57 AM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger Monterey John said...

I really like the depth of field too. Fun shot for us photo-nerd-geeks who are into technique. your art is emerging.

6:01 AM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

HA!! Ana said it best...I can't stop looking at the dirt but only because you mentioned it. I like this shot.

3:44 PM, June 28, 2006  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

A great composition. Its a well taken shot with a really good use of DOF

4:59 AM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Marie McC said...

The dirt is not a problem because it's not white, which would grab your attention too much. I like the composition very much, especially the diagonal line of the flower bed and path.

6:55 AM, July 07, 2006  

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