Stills V3

October 17, 2009

Under a White Hood

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 00:51



  1. The subject is good, but the really interesting thing is the stuff going on in the out of focus areas. These manage to be engaging yet not distract from the flower – which has to be the ideal combination :-)

    Comment by Colin — October 17, 2009 @ 08:01

  2. I don’t know if you used a diffuser but the flash has worked well and not produced a harsh shadow, which I find incompatible with a delicate flower.

    if the flower is yours then a clothes peg and something off screen could have held the larger foreground leaf out of the way. I find that leaf a rather large interruption to the delicate curve of the stem which I think could have contributed more to the image. The lower leaf looks like it could be left.

    I agree with Colin that the background is something special, its muted tones, near monochromatic nature and lack of texture are an almost perfect backdrop to the white flower.

    Comment by Rex — October 17, 2009 @ 17:51

  3. My first impression is that it is all very beautiful — I’ll third the admiration for that luscious background.

    Though Rex has a point about the foreground leaf, there is something about it that I like. More troublesome for me is a dark streak on the right that runs through both foreground and background — interrupting the “flow” of that leaf. It is as if you were shooting through something.

    Overall that interesting, graceful white flower holds its own very well and the tonal variation in the whites is admirable.

    Comment by Christina — October 17, 2009 @ 20:25

  4. I took a photo of one of these at the Eden Project and wouldn’t dare parade it here!

    I don’t mind the big leaf but do wonder what caused the dark streak even if it doesn’t upset me overly much.

    I always admire the strong shapes of these flowers: a mace softened by the hood.

    Comment by John Ellis — October 18, 2009 @ 07:03

  5. Christina & John – I wish I could solve the mystery of the dark streak. I was rummaging through some old files when I found this one and don’t remember details of this session. I do know I was shooting with window light and I wasn’t shooting through anything. I think it must be shadows created by the spaces between three large windows close together. Of course now that this has been pointed out, I suppose I will be compelled to clean it up.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 19, 2009 @ 18:46

  6. I’m in two minds with the front leaf. On the one hand I find it a bit of a distraction from the main flower but on the other I like the echo of the curves and the way it gives the flower more context. As for the background – so much going on, I love it.

    Comment by Lillput — October 23, 2009 @ 07:37

  7. Beautiful. Those upfront leaves give the subject a very pleasing support. To make the illusion even stronger, I’d really tone down that green stalk. Make the flower and the leaves a complete subject in itself and gives an extra ‘whoosh’ of motion to this. That background has a wonderful shadow of the flower in it. A visual delight.

    Comment by akikana — October 25, 2009 @ 05:18

  8. I’m with akikana on this one. Maybe that gap lower left corner is just breaking up the combined motion through leaf and flower a bit.

    Comment by doonster — October 28, 2009 @ 17:43

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