DO YOU KNOW WHAT THESE CRUNCHY CONES REALLY NEED? WELL I’LL TELL YOU.
A BIGGER CRISPY NEW WINDOW THAT’S WHAT! SIZE MATTERS SO GIVE’EM A CLICK!
Two treatments of the same subject..They were taken in a heavily wooded copse they I found just off a gravel track between the towns of Seron and Fuencaliente. I’d stopped because of the overall photogenic look of the place, a snatched sideways glance from the car window, a “Wow, look at that” moment, but ultimately these two shots, the last I took on the way back to the hire car when I thought I’d finished, were the only ones I wanted to keep. Sometimes a pretty scene makes for bad photos………
The scene had all the right ingredients….Bright deeply coloured sky, check… definite clouds, check….directional light, check….dramatic foreground elements, check……textured and multi-hued background, check…You’d think you couldn’t go wrong!
But nothing…All of the shots just looked twee, a bit too pretty..Like something you might see on a cheap box of chocolates..Not my cup of tea at all.
In the end, the only thing that rang my bell, was this deep bed of fir cones that lay under the darkest, most heavily wooded part.
The first shot I tried to give a suggestion of context by shooting with the aperture as wide as I could to blur the background, (I’ve since accentuated the blur in post-process), but, in retrospect, I’m not really sure if context adds anything to the image.
By shooting flat and just concentrating on the lovely crunchy cones I think the shot is probably more effective.
As ever dear reader…You are judge, jury and executioner!
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde