Mike Patterson  

Sunflowers and Tin Roof by Mike Patterson

August 2019 - Sunflowers and Tin Roof

August 2019 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

This composition outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, immediately caught my eye. I was attracted by the way the leaning sunflowers were parallel with the tin roof in the background. I purposely shot this with a narrow depth of field “ 5.6 “ to slightly blur the background so that the focus is on the flowers but there are still the lines from the roof and rusty color in the background. 45 mm at 1/1250 with an older model Rebel Canon. Made color adjustments and other minor tweaks in Lightroom.

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5 comments posted

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
This one loses me a little bit because the face of the flowers are turned away from the lens. I think it may have been more powerful if the camera had been positioned to the right several feet to take on the flowers themselves and perhaps isolate a few of them rather than take a broadcast of several stems of sunflowers. I am distracted a little bit by the roof in the background as well. The subject just is not jump out at me.   Posted: 08/12/2019 12:39:25

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I'm going to agree with Al. If I was judging this as a competition shot, it would be an average "record shot". If there were maybe three sunflowers facing you with the roof in the background, it might work. Here there are just too many plants and it looks kind of like weeds. Nice try at the capture but I feel it just isn't a strong image. Maybe a little "stylizing"?   Posted: 08/15/2019 13:28:17
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Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Mike, I suspect the roof in the background is the main problem here, in that it is a strong distraction from the primary subject, which is the pattern of the flowers. I can see a contrast between the natural lines of the flowers and the rigid, man made lines of the roof, but perhaps it's just that the structure is too far from the flowers and thus seems detached -- or maybe intrudes upon -- from the overall composition.   Posted: 08/22/2019 07:28:00

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I can see what you were getting at here - the repetition of the vertical lines. Good idea. From Marti's version it seems to me that you needed more contrast in your post processing. The colors of the flowers, and particularly the leaves, need to be emphasized so that they pop out. May be just my eyes, but your colors were stronger in the original.   Posted: 08/26/2019 20:59:56

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I echo the other comments and have to ask what is the subject? The flowers or the roof.   Posted: 08/30/2019 08:03:59