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Subject: [Leica] Trying to catch up
From: Jim at (Jim Hemenway)
Date: Sun Sep 28 10:37:45 2008
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You might be right.  ;-)

More often than not, a good composition has one place, (usually not in 
the center) which catches the viewer's eye and then brings it on a 
little trip through the whole of the image, and finally returns the eye 
to the starting point.

Here that place is the point where the curving branch on the right meets 
the trunk of the sapling. That branch then leads the eye down to the 
bottom right corner of the image where it can leave the photo... I 
agree, that's not good.

Otherwise the eye moves along the bottom, climbs the right side area, 
traverses the leaves across the top, and again meets the smooth 
background on the right side.

I took a second shot with more DOF, but decided on the softer background 
of this image.

I don't think of you as a "smart ass", so to answer your very fair 
question, I shot it because the lighting caught my eye and I was 
enamored of the soft colors and the atmosphere.

Thanks for looking and for commenting.

Jim, "I might be right" Hemenway  ;-)

Ted Grant wrote:

> Jim Hemenway offered:
>>>Shot in June with the Leica-R 60mm macro mounted on the Oly E-510:
> <>
>    or: <<<<<<<<
> Jim my friend.. It doesn't work!  :-( 
> WHY? 
> As I see it, it's too confusing! Your eye doesn't lock on one centre of
> interest. Your eyes seem to go all over searching for the "centre of
> interest."
> The background, although a blur, is just as much a distraction against the
> blue sky as the branches pointing in all directions are.
> Now I tried several ways of cropping to see if I could visualize what
> attracted you to trip the shutter? And for the life of me I can't put
> anything together to make it work. :-(
> Maybe getting tighter on one element if possible, you do have a 60 Macro
> lens. The 60mm is a beauty and concentrating on one branch with leaves or
> leaves alone, might have been the answer? 
> However what I would be interested in is. "What caught your eye and what 
> did
> you see as a picture to make this exposure?" 
> Now I'm not being a smart ass asking this question because a number of
> people, including myself, may learn what your motivation was for you to go
> "click?" Just maybe I'm missing the point altogether? Please. Thank you.
> No offence intended by critique, nor question!
> ted
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