I NEED YOUR HELP…AGAIN!!

I know…it’s almost like a visit to the optometrist.  Which is better…A or B??  After a few of those, they both start looking the same to me.  🙂 I hope that’s not how you’re feeling.

Last summer, I captured this image while riding my bike down the coast to Newport Beach!  Well actually, I didn’t exactly capture it while I was riding!  But, this time I decided to try a square crop rather than a regular landscape presentation.

Dandelion Seed Pod - Original

I’ve also experimented with a texture layer in the image below.

Dandelion Seed Pod - Texture

And so, once again I come to you seeking your preference, comments, and suggestions.

As I prepared this post, I thought how very fortunate I am to have so many talented mentors!  I would like to know which print you prefer.  Also, what do you think of the square format?  And as always, whether you’re well-versed in photographic technicalities or not, I’m hoping everyone will let me know if you could see someone purchasing this as a matted and framed print.

Let the comments, evaluations, and suggestions begin!  Who’ll be the first to jump in?

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~ by photographyfree4all on March 9, 2011.

28 Responses to “I NEED YOUR HELP…AGAIN!!”

  1. Again, I’m no expert here, but I really like the textured one better. It seems fuller and richer. Like there are more lighted points than the first one – if that makes any sense at all. I could see me buying this one – enlarged and placed in a bright sunny room. It would brighten my day to see it daily! Keep up the good work, Steve.

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  2. I prefer the first – the texture doesn’t do much for me – if you love the textured canvas look, perhaps print this one on a canvas instead of photographic paper.

    I love the square format (I’m a sucker for square format anyway, but this works really well.) I could certainly see someone purchasing this image because it has a nice, abstract quality about it.

    My only major critique is that the color may need a slight adjustment. While perhaps less realistic, a stronger green (as opposed to yellow/green) would help the white fluff pop even more. As it stands now, the image looks a tad washed out.

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  3. I like the first best. Here’s why…

    The dandelion has a very delicate form and function. In nature we might expect it to float apart at the slightest breeze. When viewing your photo our brain is waiting for that event. Which of us has not picked that seed head and provided the breeze to our own delight? Adding the texture ties it all up visually and kills that expectation…

    JMHO,
    Lynda

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  4. I like the first or top one better. To me, it seems to have a more richness or snap to it. But that’s just me. But I do like the square format on this one.

    Bob

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  5. I actually like the textured version….gives it a little extra ‘something’ artsy and appears like something that would appeal to a wider audience. I also think the coloration is fine as this apple green is sort of ‘in’ right now I think this print would look very nice in a neutral color scheme (think Pottery Barn crowd…)

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  6. First one for sure… the textured image looks like a screen capture of a TV from the 80s… At least to me it does 🙂

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  7. Hi Car54! OK, you were the first one in with your preference…very brave!!! I know others have since preferred the original, but don’t let that stop you. Here’s the way I look at it: If you came into a gallery (even my gallery) and saw the first print, you may have said…Hmmm, not bad. But if you would have come into a gallery (perhaps my gallery) and seen the second print, you may have said…I’ll take trhat one!! There is no right or wrong answer!!! That’s the beauty of photography!! By the way, I hope you check back…You’ll see that Tracy has joined you in your preference! So…I say to you, THANKS!!! Don’t back away from what you prefer!!! Great comment, Car!!

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  8. I like the first image (non-textured) image better only because the texture distracted me a little too much from the subject. Perhaps if you could lower the opacity a tad on the texture layer? I also like your choice of the square crop, it’s rather fitting for the subject! Speaking of the subject, I love how the seeds (tendrils? You know, the little suckers that float away) drew my attention to the centre of the image. Also really like the symmetry of the subject but would have preferred the centre of the dandelion just a tad lower (to be in the centre of the image). That’s just my babble and as always, it’s been interesting reading your viewers comments. 😀

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  9. Personally think the first one’s better. Textured effect is fake – not part of the skill required to take the shot, just clicking a button – I don’t actually like photos printed on canvases – they aren’t paintings and u loose some of the sharpness of image (even when the shot is out of focus). Square format works well as the subject matter is essentially circular. Nice picture though 🙂

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  10. I’m having a hard time seeing the difference in them, actually.
    I like the square crop–something that’s taken me some getting used to. I once thought all photos should follow the standard rectangular crop.

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  11. Thank you for your detailed comment, Mary! I really appreciate that you took your time to help me with this project. I definitely agree with the square format! I’m still not sure about the texture – I’ll keep pondering that one. You may be right, though, about the canvas – if that’s the look i think is best. And, I’ll do some experimentation with the color – who knows?? Great comment! Thanks! And, jump in anytime.

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  12. Look at the “psycolgical” side coming out in you, Lynda! But, you may have a valid point! When I see one of these – the first thing I think about is the wind carrying the seeds in every direction. Honestly when I looked at the textured image, my first impression was that I liked it. You know what they say about first impressions…

    I love that you gave reason behind your choice. It helps me to understand the thought process. great comment!

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  13. I have to admit, it’s not easy to make a determination from an image that is about 3″x3″. It’s hard to know what this would look like if it were 20″x20″. The texture effect may get in the way of the detail. I wionder if I want this look if I would be better off to simply print it on canvas. But you’re right – square is good for this one! Thanks, Bob!

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  14. This was my feeling too, tracy! But, you really do make a good point that I had not considered. And, that is your point about the color!! It’s important to consider the “trendy” colors when creating a piece like this one. You’re right about the color being a trendy color right now…especially coming into spring. Great comment! 🙂

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  15. Are you old enough to remember TVs from the 80’s? 🙂 I’m glad you’re jumping in with comments!! Thanks and keep ’em coming!!

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  16. I always love suggestions, David! This is a very detailed comment filled with information – fantastic!! The centering is a bit deceptive, I think. I reviewed the centering and it seems to be very close to center. But…the pod actually has more seeds at the bottom than it does at the top of the image. I think this makes it appear to be in need of lowering. But, if I do that I lose some of the very interesting seeds leaving me with more of the center which seems less interesting. Believe me, I’ve tried it. I took my “thirds” grid and it seems the center is pretty close to the center. But then again, my eyes aren’t what they used to be – just ask anyone who knows me!! 🙂 Thanks for a great comment, David!

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  17. I like it when someone knows exactly what they want, Jason! I really appreciate your decisiveness! And many seem to agree with you, whether for the same reasons or not – I don’t know. But, I do realize sharpness is sacrificed when you begin to work with textures. I do love the square – as does everyone!! Thanks for jumping in here, Jason! I like your direction and hope you’ll jump in again and often! 🙂

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  18. I think the larger you make the image, the easier it is to see! My eyes are getting bad enough to need a second look sometimes to tell the difference! 🙂 The square is a definite go though, heather! Thanks Heather! It’s good to see you again. 🙂

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  19. Looking more closely, I have to say I prefer the first one. There is less distractions. The simplicity of the first image is quick beautiful by itself. It really is a great image to hang up in a living room.

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  20. Ahhh, it is deceptive isn’t it! 😉

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  21. I love square formats.
    I prefer the original; add highlight tweaks/control the white tone to stand out more/anything to enhance the look.

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  22. Oh good! It’s NOT my eyesight!! 🙂

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  23. I’m coming around, Martina! I think if I want this look then I’ll just print it on canvas. But for now, I’m starting to lean toward the original. But I have to say, the texture did hit me initially!! 🙂 I think I could be happy either way!

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  24. Thanks for jumping in on this one Sapphire! That’s the way I have decided to go! I hope you’ll stop by again! Great comment! 🙂

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  25. I like them both, equally. Good work!

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  26. I think you may be right, Nels! In the right situation, I could see both working nicely! Thanks for stopping by, Nels!

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  27. A little late to the party, but better late than never, right? I have my usual opinions on editing, that I’ll omit from this one 🙂 But I like the concept that you’re reaching for and I think I have the solution. Firstly, I love the square crop, brings out the symmetry and non-symmetry nicely, secondly, I would use the first image without the texture and have it printed onto canvas (that has its own texture). If you print it on canvas at about 18″ square I think you’ll love it. just my two cents! Nice one Steve. 🙂

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  28. I will always want your two cents Michael! Better late than never…thanks!!

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