Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
Pink rose. Fresh bud. What's to photograph? You've all seen a million rose pictures, here and on other sites. But when a photographer seeks a different angle, suddenly a commonplace sight becomes something that you look at with a fair bit of attention. All I did here was to position myself above the rose bush (easy to do when you're more than six foot tall in your socks) and I was able to capture an intriguing view.
As part of my "Get The Picture" instructional series for bloggers who want to improve their photography, I thought I'd present my rationale on this shot. The composition is unusual, but I wanted to include more than just the bud itself. I sought the totality of the view. I needed to present the bud itself, the delicate lime-green triangles that peel away from the bud, the leaves at interesting angles and far below, a fully-open bloom.
The quest to combine all these factors in a single frame meant that the bud is off-centre, yet it gives you many points of reference. And because the bud itself is not dead-centre, I guess it brings other aspects of the image to your notice.
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