Mike Walker  

Sandwort and Ant by Mike Walker

May 2020 - Sandwort and Ant

May 2020 - Mike Walker


About the Image(s)

This was taken in 2009 in a friend's garden in Northern Portugal. The idea was to have the left flower sharp and the rest blurred so that she could use the image as a business card with writing on the right side. It would also be used in a price list/catalogue for her herbal business. This image wasn't going to be used so i didn't process it at the time. I hadn't seen the ant photobombing the image until last month! I have a couple of questions about the image. Should I clone out the grass going from left to right? Should I remove the orange flower from the left?

6 comments posted

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Nice sharp photo of the flower and bonus ant. I really like the ant, he provides a surprise in your image and is a nice focal point on the delicate flower. As for the grass at the top, that does provide a frame for the flower and doesn't bother me. The orange flower on the left it does draw the eye away from your subject. Removing it via clone would work, but I suggest a crop. This removes the orange flower, puts the ant on a 1/3 intersection, gives him more importance and uses the grass as more of a frame.
What do you think?   Posted: 05/05/2020 11:51:20
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Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
This is a lovely delicate image and I agree with Bruce and think what he did with the image is fine.   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:55:41

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
I love these little flowers. Great contrast. The ant gives the flower more interest. If I was the maker of this image, I would take out the branch in the background. I would also take out the flower on the right side.   Posted: 05/09/2020 09:01:53
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Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I agree with most everything said. Beautiful and delicate But I also agree about the background stem and flower removal that Linda made. It does improve these distractions from the fine flower and ant. I think the background orange,however, is good because it draws you back and forth over the buds and I tend to see more of the buds, and am drawn back to the Main flower. A great macro also   Posted: 05/09/2020 10:47:08

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
The depth of field is perfect. I would crop more off the top and maybe on the left too! Is that bit of orange a distraction. Maybe just darken the splash of orange? I would definitely get rid of the green stem that dissects the image.   Posted: 05/09/2020 17:25:13

Mike Walker   Mike Walker
Many thanks for all the suggestions. I have been going back and forth with this image quite a few times and normally leave it for a rainy day - sadly rainy days don't happen often on Lima! I will now go back and take each suggestion and work them through.   Posted: 05/21/2020 08:42:40


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