Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Assignment 2- part 2

A combination of vertical and horizontal lines.

When looking for suitable images here I discovered that I had a large number that showed angled lines, but not truly horizontal, and also a large number of landscape images, where the main  horizontal marker was the horizon, there were far fewer where the lines came from the plants. I assume that this is because nature does not use true horizontal and vertical often (except in trees)

Last Years Seeds.  ISO 100, 310mm efl, f/5.2, 1/125 sec.

Old seed pods from last year caught against a deep blue sky, forming a cross pattern.

Birch Bark. ISO 100, 122mm efl, f/11, 1/80 sec.

I find trees, their shapes and especially their bark endlessly fascinating. This shows the paper thin torn outer bark of a birch tree causing a clear horizontal pattern.

My preferred image here is the tree as I find the contrast of an upright tree showing as secondary to the horizontal lines interesting.


Heart of a Lily. ISO 100, 68mm efl, f/7.1, 1/400 sec.

A simple image of the lily with the diagonal of the central spadix echoed by the diagonals in the petal.

Fern.  ISO 250, 90mm efl, f/5.6, 1/60 sec.

Here the diagonal pattern of the fern leaves is exaggerated by looking into the centre of the plant.

My preference here is for the lily, but the fern does show a better effect of the diagonals leading the eye.


The main problem here was choice, or to be accurate, too much choice. Plants are curvy, the leaves curve, the stems curve and the petals curve.

Where Does it Lead?  ISO 100, 90mm efl, f/5.6, 1/50sec.

I love this picture of the curving path -but unfortunately it does not really follow the rules in that it is a landscape, rather than individual plants.

Spring Blossom. ISO 100, 90mm efl, f/6.3, 1/200sec.

A very typical picture of a branch of spring blossom with the curve of the branch copied by the curves of the leaves and petals.

Stamens. ISO 100, 90mm efl, f/6.3, 1/200 sec.

Looking right into the cenyre of a lily. This was originally deep red, but he curves are emphasised in the monochrome conversion.

Uncurling! ISO 400, 90mm efl, f/5.6, 1/60 sec

An as yet unculed fern bract. Curls in all directions.

I enjoy all these images but the last shows curves in all the possible directions.

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