Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/11/27

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Pleasing flower pictures?!?
From: "R. Saylor" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 00:51:17 -0500

An image of a flower usually has minimal intrinsic interest. As I 
believe Mark Rabiner noted, the real flower is better. That being 
said, I do flower pictures occasionally, but the subject is not the 
flower as such, it is the impression the flower makes on the mind. 
When, for example, you see a particularly nice specimen of a rose, 
your mind extracts it from its environment so that you are only aware 
of a pattern of tonal values divorced from the very plant which makes 
it what it is. To mimic what the mind does, I may use a very narrow 
depth of field so that the rose is separated from its background. This 
is surely a technical trick, but it is not technique for the sake of 
technique. Rather, it is using the camera to produce an image which 
represents what is in the mind's eye.