I've been playing of late with varying what is sharp in my mushroom pics. I find it can draw the eye in intriguing ways. But, since I usually take several photos from several angles in several different bursts of dappled light, I often have several images to choose from of any given specimen.
The problem is that in the case of the image I've entitled 'down,' I like the effect of BOTH the sharp greenery/soft moth and soft greenery/sharp moth. And, try as I might, I couldn't decide which to post...
So I asked M, who will often get a pre-blogger viewing of the pics, what he thought.
M, having assumed his best photo-editor voice, intoned that preferred the latter (I josh because I love. No, wait, I josh because I can...). He said he couldn't tell that the soft moth WAS a moth. Also, the composition was too loose.
And I agreed with him on one level because I'd already selected and processed soft greenery/sharp moth. But when it came time to post the pic, I was still torn.
I like the ambiguity of the soft moth. Also, I'm not completely convinced that people need to know that it's a moth to appreciate it as a part of the photo...
Finally, even though I wielded my cropping tool mercilessly, in the end, I liked the looseness of the photo. The subject(s) just needed...room.
So, if you care to, please cast a vote for your favorite 'down.'
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All photos Assiniboine Forest, Wpg, MB. June 15, 2008.