Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA  

Hawk Moth on Red Roses by Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA

March 2023 - Hawk Moth on Red Roses

About the Image(s)

I found these red roses that were planted in a local shopping center. Then I spotted some that had a moth on them....

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4 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Simple complementary colors and nice diagonal composition. But, I'm not sure whether the moth adds or detracts from the image.   Posted: 03/03/2023 16:17:14

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Shirley, beautiful colors. I do find it seems to point downhill to the bottom left, and that causes me a bit discomfort. Brighten up the moth head so we can see it too. Something is going on with some petals as details lack, but I see what attracted you to shoot it.   Posted: 03/12/2023 20:15:16

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I also like the colors here. My feeling is that the moth sort of detracts from the flowers in this case. It adds a 4th element to the three blooms. If you were to do what Randall suggests, I would like to see the left flower removed leaving the two flowers and the moth. While the border is colored nicely, I feel the red is so wide that it detracts from my view of the image. Glad to see that you use the stroke though - many don't.   Posted: 03/12/2023 20:35:06

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Shirley. I love the complementary colors in this image, and I can definitely see why you were attracted to the bloom with the moth. To my eye, the green leaves above the left most flower seems to be the sharpest place in the image, which draws my eye to that part of the composition too strongly I think. Also, there seems to be a lot of posterization effect in the middle flower, which, again, draws eye away from the primary flower. I think that Marti's suggestion of removing the left flower might improve the composition, but I'd try it both ways to see which you prefer.
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