Bill Provost  

Macro Leaf Bud by Bill Provost

August 2019 - Macro Leaf Bud

About the Image(s)

The Image was captured with a Nikon D800, with a Nikkor 104.0 Macro f 2.8 lens. The lens was set at 1/13 second, f/9 lens opening with an ISO of 125. The camera was manually focused with Matrix Metering. I like the simplicity of the shot. The bud at the end of the stem is just waiting to bust forward in bloom. You will notice as the stem raises it blurs out and for me this is desirable so it does not distract from the bud and the end of it. I really enjoy this shot and hope you will also.

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5 comments posted

No the blur does not distract from the image ,it actually lead me to the sharper bud (which is your intention,no doubt)
Great sharpness and the lovely clean background adds to the overall image of Spring. Very nice Job,well done   Posted: 08/04/2019 10:37:44

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Very nice detail on the bud. The dark background really helps make your subject stand out. Since the bud is your main subject, had you considered having it more towards the center of the composition rather than at the bottom? Not dead center, but if you imagine a rule of thirds grid and maybe have it where some lines intersect off center. I'm not sure having the extra bud at the top adds to the composition. I understand the appeal of the steam fading away, however cropping just below that extra bud and leaving more space at the bottom of the photo, may highlight your subject matter better. I do like the simplicity of this photo and it is very well exposed.   Posted: 08/05/2019 06:44:41

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Very nice minimalist image. Nice color, the small amount of blurring is not distracting to me and the dark background really pushes the stem and bud forward (almost feels like 3D). Agree with Denise about cropping out the upper bud.   Posted: 08/13/2019 10:56:01

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The clarity gives this strong impact, along with the black background. I almost think you could crop out that upper bud, while leaving the beautiful length of the main subject. I feel it would give strength to your bursting bud's simplicity. I actually do like the composition you selected, with it slightly off-center, but might like to see a vertical, closer crop instead. Nice work on the focus of your main subject!
  Posted: 08/13/2019 15:17:41

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
I also like its simplicity. Good exposure and clarity; those little white hairs stand out and don't look blown out. I agree with Carol that a vertical crop with more space below the bud might make a stonger composition. Good idea, capturing the bud right before it opens. Owner what looks like now?   Posted: 08/15/2019 15:08:51