Bob Crocker  

Winter Survivor by Bob Crocker

May 2020 - Winter Survivor

About the Image(s)

I was wandering around the yard looking some subject matter for this month, hoping to find an early bloom, etc. What caught my eye was this dried out ornamental grass that had survived the winter, and taken on an interesting wind swept look. I took several shots, getting in for that macro look but this resulted in the loss of the curved lines, so I pulled back to this shot which falls more into the close-up category than the macro sizing. Photo taken with my Sony a6500, 90mm macro lens, f11, ISO 100 at 1/160. The plumes were strongly backlit by the sun so I put a diffuser in place, which resulted in more of a pattern than I intended but I don't mind it. I added a little fill-light from a LED panel light.

6 comments posted

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The contrast between the plant and the sky along with the curving back on itself pattern are strong componentS in this image. I actually would try to crop the top edge to eliminate the stick piece. I know that may sound strange, but it's the pattern of the small branches and leaves, so it would almost become like an abstract or fine art look. I really like the capture and the subject, and the broken piece of branch hurts what is beautiful in this.   Posted: 05/15/2020 22:50:44
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Carol, I agree the stem/stick is distracting, its those small branches and leaves with broad sweeping lines that I was trying to preserve. I'm going to experiment with more cropping. Just completed some edits, got rid of the stem but ended up cropping a lot of that sweeping flow out. See my comment to Lou, I'm going to work on this thing in my basement 'studio'.   Posted: 05/17/2020 12:52:31
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Oh, I like that remake!! As I said, the patterns really make this, and that places all the emphasis right on those lacey leaves.   Posted: 05/17/2020 20:52:56

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher

These plumes are so delicately graceful. I agree with Carol's comments and would like to suggest a second approach. Flip the image so the 'stick' is vertical on the right. Then tilt the image (maybe crop and tilt?) to reduce the depth of the stem/stick. I'd also play a bit with color adjusting the background blue and white squares in an attempt to eliminate what appears to be a fence.

  Posted: 05/16/2020 16:52:48
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
I see what your saying Lou. I did some cropping and moving, which gets rid of the stem but then cuts off some of the sweeping flow. Ah well, will keep trying; it's been windy outside, so I cut of this 'twig' and brought it inside to play around with.   Posted: 05/17/2020 14:40:19
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Doug Wolters
I love the subject -- wonderful rhythm & flow. I like the stick as is -- it allows the circle of the plant to come around more. If it were possibble to increase the canvas & put the stick at the very top verticle it might work better.

What I don't like is the checkered background. Is it the screen? Could you take out the screen?   Posted: 05/21/2020 20:18:45


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