Wednesday, March 12, 2014


This simple image of a Mimosa branch was an unexpected find. I was strolling though a botanical gardens looking for flowers to photograph when I turned and saw the blooms on this tree. It certainly was not what I was looking for, but since it was right there in front of me, I thought I should take some shots.

I was able to position myself so that the smooth water of a canal became the background. The diffused sunlight cast a yellow tone on the water which works well against the green leaves. The pink flowers add just a touch of color to spice it up a bit.

Since this is a tree of Asian origin, the overall composition was designed to have the feel of a Japanese drawing. Simple colors, simple shapes, no distractions.

Notice that this composition violates many standard rules. The flowers are placed in an extreme position, very close to the top of the frame. The leaves go in several directions, with no specific flow. But overall it still seems to capture the eye, and conveys a Zen-like mood of calm and peace.

It is all too easy to get wrapped up in rules and expectations regarding photography. There should be times when you can let yourself go, concentrate on what moves you, and not be bound by the confines of others. 

Once you begin to do that, you can get more in touch with your own creativity. You can find the things that move YOU, and you will be able to create unique and more satisfying images. 

Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec.  Aperture f/2.8.  ISO 400. Lens: Canon 100mm macro f/2.8. Camera: Canon 40D.  Handheld.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”  --Buddha

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