Monkey Puzzle Abstraction


I have been really enjoying other people’s abstract photographs, which have inspired this, my first venture, into abstraction. In some ways I can’t bear to go the whole way, thus many images are anchored to something recognizable. I don’t know enough (or really anything) about composition, which is inhibiting. Thus, these pictures should be considered. in some senses, ‘juvenilia’. Fortunately I am long past the normal juvenile hypersensitivity to criticism. So, your comments will be much appreciated. My son’s advice, expressed in general terms, is that I need some classes in composition and I would agree. These images are mostly what feels right when I was cropping macro shots of monkey puzzle leaves. One or two of them I am not completely sure do feel right. And the top one might look better rotated 90 degrees, but that went against the grain so I did not publish it like that.

I really like monkey puzzle trees and Victoria is littered with them. This is a young one in Beacon Hill Park. Previously I have posted about one in Ross Bay Cemetery. There is even a small one in my garden.

In these photos all the strips of green or white or yellow are monkey puzzle branches lit in different ways – usually looking into the sun. For instance, in the top photo the black line is the stem of a branch, the green is the upper leaves and the white is intense reflections from the leaves on the lower side of the branch.  Once again I was using my 100mm/f4 SMC Takumar macro on a Canon EOS 5Dii.

There is something marine about this photo.


This image hurts my eyes a bit, probably because there is nowhere for them to settle. I like it, but am not sure it makes for a good photo.



5 thoughts on “Monkey Puzzle Abstraction

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  2. The one you say hurts your eyes is the most interesting, I think. The blurred shapes seem to weave together in surprising ways. The last one, even though the image is very similar (and beautiful) doesn’t hold the same ambiguities so it’s more easily “read.”

    Nah, you don’t need to take classes. Spend a couple of hours online at sites like these and you’ll have all of the basics. Then play within your camera’s viewfinder. The more you play, the more you’ll meld the basics of design and composition with your own unique point of view.


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