Ruth Carll's picture

A Couple of Moody Blooms

Just a quick walk this morning to "check the area" revealed some beautiful flowers. These were both in dark shadows with rays of sunlight that came through the canopy.

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Kevin McLin's picture

Lovely. Spring is always so amazing, even here in coastal California where it's an ever-growing wave as opposed to the explosion it makes in other parts of the country. I think I like the second one best. The variation in light is interesting. Have you thought about possibly cropping off the dark area on the right side? Just an idea.

I enjoy your photos and your positive commentary. You help make this a welcoming community.

Ruth Carll's picture

Thank for the feedback and kind words Kevin!

Chris Jablonski's picture

Another nice bunch, Ruth! Like Kevin, I find the second the most appealing - but I wouldn't touch the composition! The light fading from left to right almost leaves me imagining more stems of blooms hidden in the shadow at right, so there's a suggestion of something hidden but implicit in this image.

Ruth Carll's picture

Thanks Chris. I wasn't sure if this worked. Something i work on with these flower images in order to try and seperate my work from the "black background pack" is to have the flowers feel like they exist in a 3D depth of space that is darkness rather than being shot in front of a black background (flat space). I don't usually layer like this image but am going to try this some more i think.

Thanks for the feedback!

Chris Jablonski's picture

That's exactly what you've often achieved, & especially in this image, Ruth. I love a sense of depth and mystery in visual images. This sort of image from you reminds me of the Dutch "Golden Century" pronkstilleven, which often fade into mysterious shadow at the edges. And they often feature flowers, which you depict so well.

Keep 'em coming! Speaking of which, you're a very busy poster. Good on you. :-)

Ruth Carll's picture

Thanks Chris! I love the references you give. Your knowledge of art is amazing!

As with you (i believe) i love art for the beauty but also for the process, analysis and experimentation equally as well. Perhaps because we are both in the sciences.

I try and keep it to one post in each of the groups I participate in per day. :) I shoot every day and I post new stuff so I learn while I remember how i took the image. Once you roll past 50 the mental memory GBs gets full! ;)

I do feel that if you post you should comment though and that takes up a chunk of time. That keeps me in just 3 groups and focused on fewer subjects which is a good thing!

I'd love to see some posts from you my friend! I love your stuff!

Chris Jablonski's picture

Thanks, Ruth. I shoot in bursts, on holiday (vacation to youse, I believe...!) and I'm perfectionistic, so output is low and sporadic, I'm afraid. I do have more to post, and am about to take some leave with image-making on the agenda. I'm not sure I remember 50...

Chris Jablonski's picture

Those Dutch still life paintings do something to me. I always head to my favourite two whenever I visit our main gallery in Melbourne. Check out Willem Kalf.

Chris Jablonski's picture

And Jan Davidsz. de Heem

Ruth Carll's picture

I also love this style. I have wondered if this was an artistic choice or lack of decent lighting!

Chris Jablonski's picture

Both, surely. In Pepys' diary from around that time, he used the latest lighting technology as he had some visual problem, so he went from tallow to beeswax candles. He also used some kind of parchment diffuser (proto-softbox!).