Critique: Red flower

Critique: red flower
This is my first critique, it will be short and sweet. I haven’t done a formal critique of an image since college, so this will be a good exercise for me. I can only imagine that I will get better at these as I do more of them and it will also force me to really “see” an image as I talk about it.

Background of the image. The flower pictured here was a Christmas gift from my mom to my dad. She bought the bulb for him and he planted it — two months later it was a fully blossomed flower. A while back I offered to take some flower pictures for my parents so that they could hang some pictures on the wall in there living room. This flower presented the perfect opportunity for that.

Critique. I find the distorted perspective to be quite interesting. The focus is obviously on the blossom, but the stem draws the viewer’s attention down to the pot. The viewer’s gaze then drifts to the left as it follows the mantle. Because I plan on using this in a series, it would be best to use it to the right of another image so that as the viewer’s gaze moves left there is another image there for the viewer to look at.

This is the beginning…

Visual thoughts. A proper title for what I do. I’m a photographer by training and therefore a very visual-minded person.

The purpose of this blog is to give me a chance to catch the ideas that flutter through my head before they disappear like a cool summer breeze. I hope to share my knowledge in the tips section, pointing out quick hints that will help you make better images. The critiques section will be a chance for me to examine some of my work in detail and have a discussion about what makes an image great and what the meaning behind the image is. Similarly, the computer interface section will discuss how we interact with computers. Finally, the equipment section is for the gear heads out there. I’m sure I’ll be adding categories, but that should give me a start and some direction with this blog.