I’ll admit right off that this wasn’t one of my favorite challenges from 52 Frames so far this year. I just didn’t “get it.” You were supposed to create a cool background for your subject. I’m not much for studio shoots, so I went with the idea of nature providing the best backgrounds.
I went out to Sweetwater Wetlands Park here in Gainesville, aiming to see what I could do with the plethora of water lilies that are currently in bloom. The weather cooperated and for two mornings last week, it was actually below 70F at 8AM, so I had two chances to get something for the weekly challenge shot.
I liked this image overall, but the foreground was too busy for the background to be noticed at all. Still, I like the shot, which used the full extent of my Sony’s 24-240mm zoom lens. I wished I had a bigger zoom because the light on the petals was simply gorgeous.
The next image has a better background, mostly because it was a more simple composition. That one water lily in the foreground emphasized the lily pads fading off into the distance (and, yes, I focused specifically to have the depth of field on the water lily and slight defocusing towards the rear).
In the end, I picked this one as my submission. That blue water with slight ripples and the red beak of the duck made this image pop for me. It might be that the book I was reading last week on minimalism in art affected my shooting and my selection. I’m OK with that. The whole point of reading is to explore new things. Without that book, I might not have thought this was even a candidate for the week’s challenge.
There is a poetic nature to minimalism that is about striking a balance between full and empty.
Jennie C. Jones