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    This shot is one of my favorites taken at Lorong Halus Wetlands on 31st July. A few lotus flowers were in bloom that morning and I had a chance to test out a newly acquired Canon EOS 7D with a 55-250 mm zoom lens briefly after a morning drizzle. Sky was slightly overcast.

    Post processing include one f-stop offset to give contrast as to highlight the green lotus pads and sharp lines of the grasses that shot out from the water and cropping to only include a single lotus bloom with its shadow reflection on the water. I wanted to capture the reflection of the clouds that was passing above but not able to keep them in focus with the fairly large aperture without having the main subject out of focus. I wonder if this is taken with a smaller aperture diameter will help to keep all subjects in focus? Critiques are welcome in the spirit of self improvement for me in composition, techniques and expression of creativity.

    It is one of my favs because it reminds me of a Chinese brush painting. A single lotus in bloom symbolizing hope in a world full of grey shades.

    Camera settings: on AE with aperture set at f5.6, ISO200, Shutter1/400



    Thank you for all your comments.
    Last edited by catchlights; 9th August 2013 at 12:29 AM.

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    I like the effect you created for the lotus bloom, it almost looks 3 dimensional , because of the sharp edges that separates it from the background

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    Default Re: Shades of Grey

    i feel it is too cluttered, too much subject that doesnt contribute to the image.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    to many distracting elements, you have no focus on what subject you want to highlight.


    FYI, the key of Chinese painting is simplicity, there is no redundant brush stroke.
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    Thanks all for your comments on the composition. Will remember the point on highlighting the main subject with less clutter or distractions. However I do remember a famous scientist once said,

    "Out of clutter, find simplicity, from discard, find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

    The quote from Albert Einstein does struck a cord in the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wizan View Post
    However I do remember a famous scientist once said,
    "Out of clutter, find simplicity, from discard, find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
    The quote from Albert Einstein does struck a cord in the image.
    Einstein was scientist, not artist. Two very different positions and mindsets.
    Why is the lotus bloom up there in the corner? It's not even halfway along the Rule of Thirds lines. You can try to recompose by cropping, the leaves on the left don't add anything but distract the viewer.
    EOS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wizan View Post
    Thanks all for your comments on the composition. Will remember the point on highlighting the main subject with less clutter or distractions. However I do remember a famous scientist once said,

    "Out of clutter, find simplicity, from discard, find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

    The quote from Albert Einstein does struck a cord in the image.
    Good quote, but you have not found the simplicity here. It may be there, but it remains to be discovered. Composition is how you arrange the elements in a scene, it involves movement, perspective, active thought and sometimes, some work such as waiting for the right lighting.

    Eikin has a lot of examples where he has found some form of organization in clutter (or if you will, scenes with many elements). I have appended these below for your perusal (and once again, it's always a pity that he doesn't post here anymore). You may wish to look through his pbase for additional inspiration/ideas. There are many other people who do it well, but everytime I think of "simplicity in clutter", eikin always comes to mind. Cheers and keep shooting!

    http://www.pbase.com/eikin/image/76005781
    http://www.pbase.com/eikin/image/109728232
    http://www.pbase.com/eikin/image/149227523
    http://www.pbase.com/eikin/image/110480299

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