Last week Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge was about filling 2/3rds of the frame with your subject. I’m sure I could have found better photos in my archives but I wanted to practice. I waited until it (finally) stopped raining and took my camera to Flower World, a local garden center.
Unfortunately, I hadn’t charged my camera battery and had to switch to my iPhone camera, which isn’t good at creating negative space around a subject. Aloe Vera plants do not make an attractive background!
With this last one, I applied a vignette to try to minimize the background distractions and help guide the eye to the subject. I also added some stickers to make it more festive.
Some things I learned when doing this challenge:
- When taking a close-up of something, I should back off a little more than I think I should. I tend to try to get too close, filling 3/4ths of the frame and then struggling to get sharp focus.
- Garden centers can be difficult to take photos in. Because many of the plants sit up on tables, the backgrounds are often too close to get a nice bokeh.
- I should pay more attention to the grids on my display screen because I’m getting the centers of my subjects somewhere in between the 1/3rds intersections and the center of the frame.
- I really need to buy a back-up battery!
- Camera lenses fog up (and keep fogging up for several minutes) when going from the chilly outdoors to a steamy greenhouse. I was very glad I took my whole camera bag with lens cleaning cloths inside.
- Poinsettias aren’t easy to take photos of. They’re big and leafy and the red is very hard to capture. The last photo, with the pink poinsettia and the snow, was actually a red poinsettia.
- I’m not very good at judging whether a subject is filling 2/3rds of the frame, or 1/2 or 3/4ths! I can go into the bulk section of a grocery store and come out with exactly 2/3rds of a cup of an ingredient for a recipe but my perception of space isn’t as trustworthy.
As always, Cee has given me some things to think about and I appreciate her sharing her knowledge and providing the opportunity to practice. Thank you, Cee!