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Subject: [Leica] wildflowers...
From: steve.barbour at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 21:40:53 -0700
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On Apr 1, 2011, at 9:32 PM, <tedgrant at> wrote:

> Steve Barbour SHOWED:
> Subject: [Leica] wildflowers...
>> springtime, by the American River, Sacramento
>> >
> Ok Steve it's nice!   HOWEVER!!!!!!!! Now are you ready my dear friend? 
> ;-) Here we go! :-)
> 1/
> The tree branches in the background almost kill this photograph. WHY? Well 
> my eyes blow right by the flowers right to those black barren branches 
> completely bypassing the delicate flowers! :-(
> Yeah right the flowers look nice............. BUT? They are too small and 
> completely over powered by the trees!

I understand and while I almost always agree with you Ted, here my idea was 
the emergence of spring wildflowers set against the background of winter's 
still empty and  barren trees, lurking along the American river...

the impact was the coming of spring flowers with many harsh remnants of 
winter still very prominent,

I appreciate your looking and your comments,


> You would have been far better off to go tight or tighter on one or two of 
> the blossoms! Completely allowing the tree branchs to fade way out of 
> focus!
> You are right down to the flower level as you should be, so you get gold 
> points for getting down to their level. But the damn tree branches steal 
> the effect completely away!
> Now try to imagine this shot tighter on a couple of the more dominant 
> flowers with the lens wide open or nearly so?
> I mean there is so much potential here "flowers alone!" The few blossoms 
> right in the middle and making a vertical composition shot very tight 
> would've created a potential mind blowing friday flower photo! BUT? :-(
> Sorry mon ami, you blew this one!
> cheers,
> Dr. ted :-( 
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