Garden, Bumps on a Log

I keep being drawn back to this photo that I took about a month ago in my garden. I don’t really understand what it is that attracts me – the blurry colour or the lighting or something. I wish I did understand better so that I could learn from it.

I will be interested to see if anyone else thinks that this is an interesting shot, or whether I am out of synch on this one.


Just in case you don’t like that picture too much, then below is another one that is completely different that maybe you will like better.

Bumps on a log, found on a beach in McNeill Bay.


Both photos through my SMC Takumar screw mount (m42) 100mm macro lens mounted on a Canon DLSR.



5 thoughts on “Garden, Bumps on a Log

  1. There are lots of things to like about the flowerhead on this sedum. Technical imperfections never bother me and actually enhance this image.

    The blurry buds in the foreground draw me into this image as I try to figure out what they are. Then my eye travels upward to the more distinct buds. On this visual trip, I enjoy the repeated shape of each bud, the soft focus and muted light. There’s an economy of details; just enough. no more than required. The pastel colors unify everything.

    It’s the kind of image I could stare at while daydreaming. It invites me into it without aggressively shouting.

    I don’t feel the same kinship with the log. The blurriness annoys me rather than adds to my visual pleasure. I like the bumps, the textures, and the overall monochrome look with only slight color accents. I’d ruthlessly crop it from the right edge to just past where the major crack doubles, and from the bottom edge to just above the largest bump. The proportions would then emphasize the interesting split in the wood while also eliminating most of the blur.


    • Hi Douglas, thanks for your feedback. I am glad you too find something interesting about the top image. I am going to try that crop you suggest, and will add it to this post for anyone that might be interested.


    • So, your idea of cropping the image is a good one, and “ruthless” is the way to go. But, this exercise really revealed to me that it is not a good enough image to do much with. Here are a couple of attempts at cropping, both of which are improvements on the original for the reasons you state, but neither of which really results in an interesting picture. A useful excercise for me to go through though. If my camera was not off on a road trip with my son, documenting the band he is playing with this weekend, I would go back to the log and try to do better.

      Bumps on Log cropped larger

      Bumps on Log ruthless crop, rotated


  2. The flowers aren’t water lilies but they have something of the misty aqueous quality of Monet’s pics of his garden at Giverny. Nice anyway. Val


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