Stills V3

February 17, 2012

Coming Storm

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 16:57

Kissimmee Prairie

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  1. I got some constructive criticism on this image on Flickr (believe it or not) suggesting that I crop out much of the foreground since it is “the least interesting part”. I get the point, but I’m hesitating. What do you think?

    Comment by Christina — February 17, 2012 @ 17:00

  2. Hi Christina,

    I don’t subscribe to the thinking that something should be taken out because it might be less/not interesting. The elements of the composition are there to make the presentation optimally balanced, not merely because they are interesting. The way it is now, the bottom part of the clouds are almost at the golden ratio and the foreground leads the eye easily into the trees and then to the impressive clouds above them. Without that lead, the balance would be disturbed and the picture would be dominated by the clouds only, making the trees more of an accessory. So as you can see, I like it the way it is. I would even dare say that we even need a little more of the background. :)

    Comment by Cem — February 17, 2012 @ 17:45

    • I don’t subscribe to the thinking that something should be taken out because it might be less/not interesting.

      I agree with this. It also fits in with the discussion about the shoulder.
      A photographer that John & I knew spoke of something called eyefood. These were the little things in the image that didn’t contribute in a major way to the composition but were just something for the eye to feast upon. It was a counter to the minimisation of images where everything was removed other than the subject.

      As an aside I recall doing a night photo in the days of film and then doing a 20″x16″ print. When I turned on the light I was shocked to see the amount of dust that had been on the neg. So I set about removing all of the evidence of dust on the print with the spotting brush (those were the days!). After I had spent about 30 minutes doing this I realised they were stars. (eyefood)

      Comment by Rex — February 17, 2012 @ 18:26

      • That is hilarious Rex. :)

        Comment by Cem — February 17, 2012 @ 18:43

  3. As with a lot of your images of Kissimmee, it is in the light. So for me a large part of the enjoyment is the contrast between the dark foreboding sky and the ochre colour of the prairie. So a heavy crop of the prairie base would change the image to have a a concentration on the sky, an equally valid interpretation of what you saw, but a different message and a different image.

    For me there is more sense of place in the image as is, but then I’ve been there, in many of your images and in reality.

    As they say, it’s your choice.

    It has a stunning beauty as it is, for me.

    Comment by Rex — February 17, 2012 @ 17:49

  4. love the balance of colours, the warmth (comfort) is needed so you can appreciate the size of the coming storm (discomfort).

    eyefood, I’m lodging that into my vocabulary.

    Comment by rhoehne — February 17, 2012 @ 22:00

    • See HERE
      Unfortunately Caroline died of cancer. I am the proud owner of 3 of Caroline’s 4’s.

      Comment by Rex — February 17, 2012 @ 22:19

  5. I was surprised to come home to find so many responses already. Thank you — I appreciate it very much. One more photographer that I respect a lot commented on Flickr and also said leave it as is. She suggested possibly just burning in the bottom edge a bit — something I may try later if I get to it.

    Comment by Christina — February 17, 2012 @ 22:33

    • Although a darker bottom may be more classic I’m sure the wardens would be upset if you burn in the bottom. :-)

      Comment by Rex — February 18, 2012 @ 07:03

      • Not necessarily, Rex. They love to burn that place!

        Comment by Christina — February 18, 2012 @ 18:37

  6. I’m sorry, but I cannot see what needs to be added/removed. Crop – no, burn – unnecessary. It is very African isn’t it – skies one associates with the Serengeti? One can’t say ‘nicely observed’ as it could hardly be missed but the composition makes the most of it and the result is very impressive.

    I am in the process of judging a competition in the local club on the theme of ‘weather’ – all of them would have given an arm and a leg for this: there is only so much you can do with a sunset over Cardigan Bay! However a couple managed some original snow shots!

    Comment by zavaell — February 18, 2012 @ 08:17

  7. Just back from a couple of days away and I’ve seen the comments without the picture, so at last I can see what all the discussion is about.

    It’s a bit late after all that’s gone before, but I can only echo John and say that it’s absolutely great as it is. Don’t crop, don’t burn, just leave it and be happy. The foreground is a key part of the scene and the warm light on the grass land and catching the stand of trees gives us the sense of seeing the strom arrive. Without that we’re in the storm, but it’s not complete as there remains some highlight in the closer clouds.

    A lovely picture and, as John also said, very African.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — February 18, 2012 @ 15:02

  8. I just the love the trees, huddled together for communal reassurance. Then there’s the group of youngsters, full of bravado, but not that brave that they can face the storm on their own.

    Comment by cgcooke — March 12, 2012 @ 00:05


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