Stills V3

October 31, 2009


Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 22:04



  1. In one of my local shopping areas they have already put out the Christmas Tree. This was before Halloween or even Thanksgiving has paid us a visit. So I can’t but help see this as a Christmas decoration feel to it! Though plenty to fill the photograph the limited choice of colours does seem to give this plenty of space. The bottom half seems much stronger than the top half yet both are needed. The bottom half I can just look at and relax with; the top half needs a lot of attention and deciphering. The blueness at the bottom is almost flamelike. Not as dramatic or flowing as your excellent ‘Under a White Hood’ though it still seems to give me plenty to look at and ponder. Was it shot in ‘studio’ or in ‘field’? Either way, it still has some pleasing lighting.

    Comment by akikana — November 1, 2009 @ 11:15

  2. This really works well for me.
    I like the tone and the lighting particularly, but the shallow DoF works with the plant superbly.

    Comment by Lillput — November 1, 2009 @ 22:27

  3. I prefer this to the white hood as it is both more ‘natural’ and more abstract. It is very autumnal on the natural side and shows the decay that is so often suppressed by the normal flower shot. You have managed to render this in quite a magical way and, as Akikana says, it has the ability to be a Christmas decoration.

    Comment by John Ellis — November 3, 2009 @ 07:34

  4. The bottom half I can just look at and relax with; the top half needs a lot of attention and deciphering.

    To be contrary…I find the top part confusing.

    I’m usually quite a fan of plant decay pictures, but here the light and the subject matter conflict. This means I find it *less* natural (more contrariness).

    Comment by Colin — November 3, 2009 @ 12:50

  5. I also see it more as Christmas holiday than Halloween — maybe because it has a sort of gilded look — like it was covered in gold leaf. I like the near monotone effect.

    Comment by Christina — November 8, 2009 @ 03:06

  6. This has a very metallic feel. I think I would prefer a PoV that removed the rear confusing head(s).

    Comment by Rex — November 8, 2009 @ 19:18

  7. Akikana – This was shot in ‘field’ while “Under a White Hood” was in ‘studio’. For this one, I wasn’t willing to fully explore the area around the thistle. I could manuever a bit on the trail, but we were in the midst of a warm spell and I don’t know enough about the hibernation patterns of the local Diamondback Rattlesnakes to wander around in the thick brush beside the trail. I still have a great deal to learn about this area.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 14, 2009 @ 16:42

  8. I’m disappointed by the small web size. I love the colours and gradual progression of detail up through the image – I just wish I could see it bigger to get more into the details.

    Comment by doonster — November 16, 2009 @ 13:52

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