52-week photoproject – Week 18


Bursting into flower

(Paeonia suffruticosa)

Canon EOS 500D, 55-250 mm, 1/160 at f/7,1, 0 EV, 214 mm, ISO 200


  1. Superb shot Petra.
    If I was to be hypercritical I would say the bud could have been moved slightly to the right so that the edge of the bud was at the centre line so that I could see a little more of the leaf on the left. (You just can't please some people.) {:))

    1. Roy, thank you. I’m pleased that despite that hypercritical comment you like the capture. 🙂

      Nevertheless, I understand what you mean. Though I don’t miss another part of the leaf on the left, I agree that the bud could have been positioned a bit more to the right. I always see so many more details in the photo which has been downloaded to a computer than directly at the spot, don’t you?

    1. Gail, thank you.

      You’re right that my intention originated from the rule of thirds. The resulting image is not that exact but I haven’t found any better way of cropping and among other captures, I liked this one best. They say that in photography you can break rules if you know them, right? 🙂

    1. Roy, I’m glad to hear that! :)) I was often so angry with myself when after figuring everything out at the scene I found out at home that something was terribly wrong… so I think it’s a good practice to take several different captures of the photographed object, especially if there seems to be some “value” in it.

  2. This is a beautiful capture of the bud. I can see what Roy means about the leaf on the left and thinking along that line I would include the whole leaf to give it balance.

    But my thoughts (in line with what you were trying to achieve) are that slightly less of that left leaf should be included. Then the eye will be drawn to the bud and the tiny leaf above it.

    1. Linda, thank you, I’m pleased you like it as it is. 🙂

      I understand the comments and learn how much more attention one needs to pay to details in macro photography. You can’t please everyone but there are good observations. On the other hand, in reality not everything can be adjusted so a compromise must sometimes take place.

  3. At first I didn't know what I was was going to say about this if anything at all as it's not quite what I do…

    …then I read the title and I was inspired. The first thing I noticed was the composition of the bud and how the attached opened first leaves (I'm really quite ignorant on this subject …sorry !) are harshly cropped to the bottom and the left but then I noticed the complete one to the right and I can see where you are going with this based on other pictures you have shown on this blog.

    Reading the other comments afterwards, my feelings are that you could take 20 images depicting different compositions and struggle to choose one as each has it's own merit. Had you shown more of the scene to the left at a close crop, you might have missed some of the outline of the green leaf in the right of the picture, which knowing your work, I feel is important to you as well. My feeling is that the more you start to show the photo becomes less concise or less tight watering down your original plan. I struggle with the same thing in the architecture of buildings and can either not spend enough time as a glorified snap shot or too long where the scene frustrates me.

    Wow, a great topic and discussion.

    1. J, don’t worry about punctuation! 🙂 Thank you for taking part in this discussion and for taking the time to get to your point of view, I appreciate the effort. Actually, your thoughts took my breath away as you understood so much and got to the core of my intentions. Can’t believe that!

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