3 Consecutive Photos

When I visited Molbak’s nursery this early spring, to hear a lecture by David Perry, he asked everyone in the audience to take out their cameras and look at the 4th picture from the beginning of the ‘roll’.  He asked, why did you take it?  What was it you were trying to capture?  What do you feel?

When I visited the Hardy Plant Society of Washington‘s borders at the entrance to the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, I was caught by the Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’ rising from the back of the border.  I captured these three images in succession.

Closeup of orange Eremurus spike
Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’
Two orange eremurus spikes
Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’

It’s easy to understand why I took the first photo. Because I’m so nearsighted, I notice the close-ups first.  Then, I widened the shot to get a little more color contrast with the green background, and finally, I tried to get an overall effect of the Eremurus in the garden, so you can see how big they get.

Orange eremurus spikes in a garden setting
Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’

Unfortunately, I should have leaned just one half-step to the left to hide that telephone pole better.  I also focused on the middle ground to give the effect of looking through a lot of the spikes, but I’m not so sure how that worked out.

Of the three, I like the first image best.  What kinds of photos do you like taking?  The Closeups?  The Vignettes?  The Overall Effect?  Do the photos you take match the idea you had in your head?



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