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leighton w wrote:
Still learning new things here. Taken with the Series E 50mm, F/2, 1/400, ISO200. Thoughts?
DSC_6408 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr
Keep trying Kevin! Maybe if you cropped out everything from the tree to the right side?
I often am very casual about how I shoot. I describe it as floating through space and simply shooting in the moment what catches my fancy. However, were I approaching this scene I would recognize the beautifully lit flowers as the subject I want to capture. I would know the tree is a distraction to avoid. Because of the way the flowers are facing, I'd likely step to the right so I could get a straight shot at the flowers with the tree out of the frame on the left. If that were impossible I'd step a bit to the left to catch the flowers in profile. Unfortunately, simply cropping the tree in this composition puts the right frame too close to the flowers.
I mention all of this simply to give you an idea of what my thought process is before I take a shot. Distracting elements can on some occasions be unavoidable, but those tend to be shots I discard. I also am prepared to rather brutally crop images when necessary to create a workable composition. Since I'm not printing, I can get a way with using very little of even a 12 megabyte image.
As Leighton says, keep working at it. We learn by doing.
Thank you for the critique. Kind of help I am looking for. That shot was hard, I was leaning over a bench between two bushes...not a lot of room. Thinking about trying a vertical crop, but the tree will still be in the shot a bit.
Definately learn by doing. Since being a part of this group, my photography has evolved more than I could imagine. I have gone from, "Hey, that's not a bad picture." to selling prints and doing a few photo shoots (including a paying gig). Wouldn't be here if I had not stumbled upon you fine folks. Thank you.