View Full Version : Frosty Grass and Insects

Terry Olmsted
01-13-2008, 09:00 PM
Taken on a cold and frosty morning in November on the Skagit Flats, Washington.

11/02/2007 08:30 Canon XTi 400mm f5.6L 1/1000s f5.6 ISO 800

Jim Caldwell
01-13-2008, 10:08 PM
Brrr - that's why I live in Florida! I like the soft curving lines and the insects frozen on the grass is very interesting. Maybe just a little crop from the top to bring the top of the grass just a bit higher in the frame?

Alfred Forns
01-13-2008, 10:25 PM
I can feel the cold !!!!!!! Would take a bit of the top Great feel !!!!

Chris Ober
01-13-2008, 10:41 PM
I agree about the crop off the top. I would also compose it so it wasn't coming directly out of the corner. Nice image.

Terry Olmsted
01-13-2008, 11:48 PM
Thanks very much for the suggestions Chris, Al, and Jim. Here's a revised comp/crop. Al, it is cold here, but when the sun comes out its pretty glorious.

Jim Caldwell
01-14-2008, 08:36 AM
Yes, I like that much better.

Matthew Pugh
01-14-2008, 12:05 PM
The revised composition works much better than the original for my tastes as well
Having the stem area entering / exiting the frame via the corner, mostly just emphasizes the frame’s shape IMO, and often distracts from the subject material. So unless this aspect is used as a compositional device - it is normally best avoided.
Using the rules of thirds (or sixth‘s) would normally be a good starting place for determining entering / exit points within the frame.
Anyway regardless of compositional tastes this is nice looking shot, with a lovely backdrop to set off the subject
All the best

Terry Olmsted
01-14-2008, 12:32 PM
Thanks all for taking the time to comment and make suggestions! This is a great learning experience for me.

Mike Moats
01-14-2008, 03:21 PM
Hey Terry, its always nice to see simple composition of simple subject. Frost adds a nice touch. Very nice job on the details while maintaining a soft BG. The crop on the second image works much better, and could go even a little tighter. Thanks for posting this and hope to see more of these intimate scenes.

Terry Olmsted
01-14-2008, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the encouragement and comment, Mike. I appreciate all the effort that goes into making this wonderful forum work.