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Buds in March

By billmyl
A simple image of spring.
Not sure what kind of bush/tree this is part of.

Tags: Flowers and plants Buds

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 11:09AM
Overall a pleasing shot. For me has a nice calmness and simplicity about it that does appeal.

Technique is good with the max aperture to minimise any DoF and isolate the buds from the background. The browns and greens complimenting. Nice lighting that brings up the texture of the buds and pin sharp focusing too.

It is a simple shot and well executed.

Adding value is difficult as the subject is what it is and has been captured very well. Perhaps playing with the crop and framing may be something to look into. Turning so it cuts in on the diagonal perhaps to add a bit of dynamism?


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dudler Plus
14 706 1352 England
29 Mar 2014 11:14AM
And I'm afraid I don't know what it is, either - other than eye-catching and beautiful. Well seen, and well shot.

Using your maximum aperture has allowed the background to blur nicely, while keeping the subject adequately sharp all over. You must have taken care to shoot "straight on" rather than at an angle to the stalk.

You've placed the subject very centrally, which can make things look stately - in this case, I'd suggest moving it off-centre: I'll upload a mod to show what I mean.

The background actually has lovely lines in it, playing off against the line of the plant perfectly.

I wonder whether the background is the same ploughed fields as in your recent post? A photographic happy hunting ground, if so!
billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
29 Mar 2014 11:24AM
Thanks Paul and John for your very kind comments.

Paul I did try it turned but preferred the lines of the field going the way they are. Played around with the cropping and framing but your mod John I think is better.
By the way it is a different field but harrowed at the same time as the other.


billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
29 Mar 2014 11:40AM
I like your mod very much Paul. As I said above I did try flipping it but it works better as you have done putting it on the diagonal as well.


banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
29 Mar 2014 12:55PM
A different "field" for you Bill and youve done really well.

Nothing to add, just a mod, similar to whats been done. Desaturated background a little, sharpened the plant, flipped and rotated a little.

Welll done.

billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
29 Mar 2014 4:23PM
Thanks for your kind comments Willie.

As always your mod is spot on.


Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 8:21PM
I like the image, very well constructed and executed I think. Nothing else to add from a technical point of view.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
29 Mar 2014 10:42PM
They look like some kind of catkin, there are many different ones around at this time of year and this spring has been ideal for them. They are a type of pussy willows, Salix sp.
billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
29 Mar 2014 11:42PM
Thanks Nigel and Keith for your comments.
My wife did suggest they were a type of pussy willow.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 7:48PM
Yes, salix catkins, Bill. It's a joy to watch these as they develop and change.

I like the way you have the whole of the branch in focus, and particularly like the diagonal lines and earthy tones of your background, with those earthy tones echoing the colour of the remaining bud casings.

Your "straight-up" angle and fairly central placement is a little formal, and it's more aesthetically pleasing to have an off-centre placement and/or a bit more of a diagonal. Having said that, the diagonal lines within your background slightly diffuse that straight-up effect.
A strong angle adds a little uniqueness to an image, and when off-centre it's generally more pleasing and dynamic.

billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
31 Mar 2014 4:16PM
Thanks for your comments Pamela.

I have amended the image incorporating your suggestions. It does look a lot better.



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