Wildlife and Wild Flowers.

by Hamish Maccuish July. 25, 2017 977 views

As Scotland swings through the summer months; which can be very hit or miss when it comes to the weather, I caught a good day to get out with our dog, Sam, and get my camera off the shelf.

Lately I've been studying a lot about composition.

I'm pretty confident with the rules of thirds; it's a reasonably straight forward system to visualise, or, the rule of odds. Some of the other rules I've discovered, are...not so easy; like the rule of Phi, or the golden spiral.

These are a few of the better shots I took trying out some of these other new concepts of composition.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio

Curve Lines, Rule of Odds and maybe Golden Spiral

Curve Lines, Rule of Odds and maybe Golden Spiral

Shape Repetition and Leading Sight Lines.

Shape Repetition and Leading Sight Lines.

Negative Space and Phi...kind of.

Negative Space and Phi...kind of.

I had a nice surprise with the cows. They were far away when I approached the fence; but it wasn't long before they wandered down towards me. Which was great because they were all standing in bright sunlight which was causing some annoying over exposures on their relatively bright hides compared to the shaded areas caused by the tall trees around the field. It's also my first real experience dipping toe into the "wildlife" genre of photography...nice and slow subject to get the shot! 😅

The last shot of the seed pod I used two coloured graduated filters; a red and a blue.

I really like the effect in the background. I definitely want to recreate this for other shots. The seed pod looks a bit over saturated in the reds; I'm just not sure if I like what it does in the image. I think it's one of those I'll come back to in a few months and make a decision about what to do with it.

Any thoughts?!

PP - Fundamentals only. No wizardry! 😁

Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave some comments. I appreciate them.

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Robert Taylor 2 years, 10 months ago

Stunning photos,, i love the color of the first one.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Hamish Maccuish Replied to Robert Taylor 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you very much.

I was very happy with the colours too.
Although it wasn't the colours that caught my eye initially; more the shape of the pods. They remind me of slugs! 😅

I'm just learning about the the colour wheel etc so, maybe my future shots will be more deliberate in colour composition 😁

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Very good compositions here.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Hamish Maccuish Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you. 😊
The "bread and butter" of good photography, right?! 🖒

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike 2 years, 10 months ago

Really great pictures, I absolutely love #4 !!! That one has such a great effect and beautiful colors.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Hamish Maccuish Replied to Heike 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Heike. 😊
I was really suprised how this one looked when I got home. 😅

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