July 25, 2015 at 10:08 am #12284
I took this at a pond a few days ago – any thoughts?July 25, 2015 at 10:11 am #12285July 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm #12287Dan CopeParticipant
I think it would be better if there was less of the sandy creek bottom visible in the lower portion of the photo. Perhaps you could have shifted the camera angle upward a little. Even taking the shot as it is and cropping it as I’ve done here, I think makes it more appealing. Good job on finding something interesting to photograph in the simple details of what appears to be just an everyday mundane location!July 25, 2015 at 2:14 pm #12290
Perhaps I’d move the grass clump a little to follow the rule of thirds (like toward bottom right corner), and get the camera down lower to shoot it more “straight on” as @Dan Cope said. 🙂 Maybe even get a little sky in it if possible… 😉July 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm #12295
@DanCope, I like the idea of less sand!! @thefarmhand I agree, moving the camera a bit would be following the rule of thirds and it would also make it look better. 😀 Trying to get some sky in would have been a great idea also. 🙂 How does this look?July 26, 2015 at 7:51 am #12301
That’s better composition wise. 🙂 I’m at the Staddon’s right now, but when I get back home I’ll go into the marsh and try to get a example shot.July 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm #12302
@thefarmhand have fun with the Staddons! I’m sure you will enjoy your time. 😀 I’ll be looking for that example shot. 😉July 28, 2015 at 10:51 am #12348James StaddonKeymaster
Hi @abbie, there’s a pond right near where I live too. I venture down there every-once-in-a-while when I’m looking for something different to take pictures of. You know, like dragonflies or frogs or cattails . . . or shapes and textures in the reeds and plant-growth, just like you have taken here.
Even in those abstract, more pattern-oriented photos, I’m still looking for a way to communicate the intangible reason that a certain subject or element caught my attention, and then compose it in such a way that makes them want to keep looking at it.
What message, or story, or feeling were you wanting to communicate with this picture? What attracted you to this detail of nature enough to cause you to want to take the time to photograph it?July 28, 2015 at 11:28 am #12350
Hi @jamesstaddon – I decided that I wanted a little break from swimming and that kind of stuff, so I left my 8 siblings and decided to take some pics of them having fun. Anyway, it was actually my mom that suggested that I take a picture of some flowers nearby. 😉 After I took some of those, I really didn’t think the pictures looked nice. There was just something about them that didn’t work – I also couldn’t think of any way to edit them that would make them more attractive. (maybe I was to impatient 😉 ) So I actually picked one of the flowers and stuck it in the sand (pictures below) still nothing looked right! I turned to my left and saw the clump of grass and decided I’d just try to take ONE more picture and maybe it would turn out all right 🙂 . I really wasn’t trying to get anything that was attractive and didn’t even think it would turn out good anyway. I was blessed though! 😀 I mean, it wasn’t that great but it was better than some of the ones I’ll post below that either didn’t focus properly or just didn’t look right! Anyway, that’s how I thought to take it!!July 28, 2015 at 11:30 am #12353July 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm #12360
OK @Abbie, Here’s some shots I took a few minutes ago off of my backyard. I’d like to go down to my neighbor on the other creek, and try to get a better shot there later. I seem to have fields of marsh-grass vs a nice clump of it here. 🙂 So here they are…July 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm #12364
@thefarmhand, thanks! Those are cool!! 😀 It adds some variety! Though, it also seems a little distracting with all the different objects to observe… but I like being able to see some sky! 😉 If you’re able to go to your neighbor’s side, that would be awesome!!! 😀July 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm #12367
@thefarmhand,what if you did this to get two pictures out of one? I think it would be a little less distracting. 😀July 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #12370July 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm #12374
Yeah sorry, I had just gotten in from WV @ 1 am yesterday, and had just gotten home from a funeral when I took and sent those photos. So didn’t put much time into edit them. :)! I’ll send ya some purposeful shots of the boat next time I’m near my computer. And I’ll try to get ya the shots from my neighbors farm, but it’s about to storm here, so that may have to wait till tomorrow… 😉
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