Don Hill  


Last Of The Wild Flowers by Don Hill

May 2023 - Last Of The Wild Flowers

About the Image(s)

A two hour drive promised to bring the best wild flowers in Northern California. As we know as photographers, things don't always pan out. This was a pretty pasture with some ground cover flowers. I tried converting a copy to an oil painting, but that did not work too well.


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6 comments posted




Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I am not sure what I am looking at here. The "point of interest" is the patch of blue sky in the centre of the trees - it grabs the eye but nothing is there. There is what looks like a nice stream running diagonally left-right but it disappears into the trees. It might have better if you had moved a bit to the left and got a view through the trees.   Posted: 05/13/2023 09:58:09
Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Andrew, boy you hit the nail right on the head. The patch of blue was in fact, not the subject, and I just thought it would go away if I wished hard enough. From all my training and landscape photography, this picture has no subject no foreground no background, and I could not move to the left, because there were rangers, watching to make sure we did not get off the path. It's one of those pictures that probably should have been left unphotographed. If we all wish hard enough, we can probably wish this photo into the cornfield. I'll do better next month.   Posted: 05/13/2023 16:08:40



Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Hi Don. Pleasant scene with cows and flowers. It looks a little over processed to me. I would try to slide it more to a soft focus and show the peacefulness and pretty blues, greens and yellows. The landscape master painters always had a fog look to their work.   Posted: 05/22/2023 07:27:40



Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Don, what a wonderful day and drive that must have been! You really captured spring.

I personally would crop a little differently as here. But to each his own taste.
  Posted: 05/22/2023 11:40:47
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Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I feel a peacefulness! I can just picture a hammock among !trees. This just shouts springtime!



















  Posted: 05/23/2023 14:22:43



Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Don, This could have been taken any where in Australia. The colours here are very vivid as we do not have a lot of pollution affecting our brilliant blue skies. People in the northern hemisphere often do not understand just how bright our colours are. Have you thought about lifting the shadows in the trees to try for a little more detail there? I have thousands of photos taken at the wrong time of the day, cause that was when I was there. I think this may have been taken around the middle of the day, which ans you know, is not the best time for landscape photography. I do like the composition though.

  Posted: 05/24/2023 06:50:56