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Donkey Barn with Butterfly Weed by Judy Murphy

October 2020 - Donkey Barn with Butterfly Weed

October 2020 - Judy Murphy


About the Image(s)

This months image is of an interesting old barn that has sheltered 2 donkeys for a few years now and captures the endangered Butterfly Weed; a favorite of mine due to its vivid orange color. Field is under drought conditions and quite brown.

Taken with Sony a7rii and 16-35 f4 lens at 16mm f/9.5 1/200 ISO 100 and worked in Lightroom.

9 comments posted

Kathryn Engle
A very nice scene and you even got the donkey to pose for you at the door. I see you did a bit of cloning on the sandpile which does improve it a lot. I also like the cropping that you applied to this. Just right for the composition and also puts the Butterfly weed up front. Maybe some slight vignette on the corners to just bring the attention in to the center more.   Posted: 10/15/2020 20:48:14
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks Kathryn. Yup; don't forget the vignette!   Posted: 10/16/2020 09:32:27

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Lovely. I like the offsetting of your very wide angle capture. The way you did it minimize the curving of the forefront hedge and put the flowers in a better perspective. Nice sky and texture of this barn. Very nice donkeys adding to this contry context.   Posted: 10/16/2020 08:43:31

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks Pierre!   Posted: 10/16/2020 09:33:23

San Yuan   San Yuan
A lovely bucolic shot. You might want to go back there and capture the same image when the light is softer, dawn or dusk.
I have cropped and compressed your image with a new look; just playing around. It is not necessary any better than the original. Thoughts?   Posted: 10/16/2020 18:49:07
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Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks for your comments and your effort San.

I like that your crop makes the Butterfly Weed more dominant in the composition, with the donkey the supportive element. It follows the KISS principle of design. It also reduces the distracting impact of the two notices in the window panes. The barn however seems to have lost its strength and balance and also the image is now a small aspect of a landscape, the focus of our group.

IMHO the crop while simplifying the image misses my intent of showing the effects of drought and global warming, as the fields are brown, the sun is high with thin wispy clouds, and the donkey chooses to keep himself in shadow rather than graze the pasture freely. Just his head is in sun.

So I think you've helped me discover that my landscape image is also a storytelling image that establishes the stage in greater context. Thanks again for your efforts.
  Posted: 10/17/2020 13:47:53

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
San Yuan cropping definitely looks more pleasing in composition. It brings focus to the 'Donkey POI' with flower foreground.
I just followed a Webinar and learned from a famous Holland Street Photographer - Ricky Sieger. He said a good street photo is a story telling photo. Sometimes we have to be mindful when doing cropping (especially in Street Photos) so as not to eliminate part of the story telling elements. Judy's image is not so much Street Life photography. However, it is a story telling photo to me. I prefer the Judy's cropping. IMHO the wooden barn gate is one of the story telling elements in this case. I would prefer not to eliminate it. Nice work Judy.   Posted: 10/17/2020 03:28:19
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks for your thoughtful comments Frans. See my reply to San.   Posted: 10/17/2020 13:51:13

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The butterfly weed does make a nice focal point in the image along with the burro. The sky looks to have a slight magenta hue that I don't see in the original. I personally like the cooler look for the sky.
As a suggestion for additional views - hopefully the burro would stay in place or even come forward for a handout if you angled around - the old gate and framework on the left looks like it would make an interesting foreground frame .
  Posted: 10/18/2020 13:01:04


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