ARCHIVE 513 – HAZEL, A (FOR ONCE) PLANNED IMAGE

 

 


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Hazel leaves, in our back garden; 25 June 2013.

This was captured with a definite visual plan – the eye enters the frame from the left, very soon hits the brightest component, and then moves rightwards and upwards along the “tail” of darker objects leading to the upper right corner of the frame.  The eye might then exit the frame in the upper right corner: having the final element of the “tail” there might stop it, or it might have been better to have this corner dark.

I never cease to marvel at the beauty of Nature.  What am I looking at here, what is my camera recording?  Well, light that has travelled 93 million miles from Our Star, to partially shine through a small component of one of Earth’s myriad lifeforms.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 250 ISO.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

21 Responses to ARCHIVE 513 – HAZEL, A (FOR ONCE) PLANNED IMAGE

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    what a beautiful light here. I like it exactly as it is.

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  2. I have an argument for leaving the photo exactly as is. My eye travels from the bright leaf up and to the right, and when it hits that last leaf, I follow its pointing tip down and to the left to start all over again. So you’re keeping me in the frame, which is what I think you want.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, keeping you within the frame is the thing, and being directed back down into the frame by that last, upper right leaf is an intriguing insight – thank you, Linda! 🙂

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  3. Instantly drawn to the yellow leaf….and just like you planned it. Well done. Keeping the right corner in an abysmal black is spot on. I would have been tempted to go with a square ratio to fill the frame but you pulled off the wider frame well.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    I agree about leaving the proportions as they are, but I find that extra (apparently broken or torn) bit of leaf distracting. I’d leave the corner dark, or even darken it further by burning in the highlights and/or decreasing the exposure there so that it’s just barely discernible. That one glowing leaf is marvelous.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    This one has lovely atmosphere, Adrian. I don’t think the leaf in the right corner is bright enough to be troublesome.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, thanks very much for your opinion. You’ll see what I’ve just written to Michael, which goes along with what you’re saying; if I were to darken that leaf, the darkening would be minimal. Adrian 🙂

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  6. Beautifully planned beautifully executed. What about a 4 x 5 aspect ratio cutting off just a little bit of a right side?

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Michael, thank you very much! I must be honest and say that I never think in terms of aspect ratios although I’m well aware of what they are. I just try varying the cropping until I arrive at something I like the look of.

      Looking at this image again in the light of various comments I’ve received, I think I would simply darken the leaf in the top right corner just a little more, and then just leave the image as it is. Many thanks. Adrian 🙂

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  7. It took me a while to figure all that out, 🤦🏼‍♀️ but I definitely like it as is. The little bit of a blur on the bottom left and the darkness on the right give it more depth I think. I tried to cover it up with my hand to see how it would look without those two and it looked too flat to me. 💚 Like I know what I’m talking about. 😂
    XXXATPXXX

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  8. oneowner says:

    Perfect light!

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  9. Helen Cherry says:

    Lovely light and I would say yes, either leave that corner dark or crop it out . Just my take on it

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks for your suggestions, Helen! The text in this post is the original text, from when it was first posted well over 5 years ago and, looking at the image afresh, I’n still undecided; leaving it as it is might be my choice now. While that upper right corner could be made dark, I don’t think I would crop it out, as I like the proportions of the image, and I wouldn’t want to make it any less rectangular / nearer to a square. 🙂

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