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From Behind

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 25 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

MY CRITIC - my wife is my most severe and ruthless critic. I can put 10 prints on a table and she will narrow them down to 3 in 5 minutes. She thinks that I should get rid of the rest. Don't put them in a box; put them in the trash. She thinks that anything I wouldn't put on the wall should be dumped. As a part of our decluttering campaign, she thinks that I should put my top ten photographs from each year on archival DVDs. The rest should be eliminated. Only those prints worth framing should be saved. She believes that nobody wants to see the rest; not now, not ever. Of course when it comes to family photographs, especially of the grandkids, she has an entirely different set of criteria:)). (This photograph was dismissed in the blink of an eye.)

NIKON D700 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 800 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very green !

25 Jun 2011 6:02am

skarlet from kerman, Iran

beautiful composition and nice green back ground!

25 Jun 2011 6:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love the vibrant green and white - excellent composition as well, Jack, with this view of the textured underside of the flowers.

25 Jun 2011 7:47am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Umm, sorry Mrs john4Jack, you are wrong. The most out of focus badly composed tourist shot, can reveal fascinating detail a few years later. Stick to your guns john4jack, keep them, they were worth taking at the time, and even if they aren't exhibition quality, they captured you when you took them, and they may well re-capture you in a few years time. 200ml lens at dawn? I'll bring my own second!!!!!

25 Jun 2011 7:51am

@CElliottUK: The problem is that I am close to 76 and she doesn't want to be left with lots of stuff for her and the kids to go through. Plus, she knows that I rarely go back and look at anything; I'm way too into whatever I am doing in the present.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Umm, sorry Mrs john4Jack, you are wrong. The most out of focus badly composed tourist shot, can reveal fascinating detail a few years later. Stick to your guns john4jack, keep them, they were worth taking at the time, and even if they aren't exhibition quality, they captured you when you took them, and they may well re-capture you in a few years time. 200ml lens at dawn? I'll bring my own second!!!!!

25 Jun 2011 7:52am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good color!

25 Jun 2011 9:30am

Frida from Sweden

Gorgeous colors and details.

25 Jun 2011 9:52am

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

To my mind this dismissal is unjust. Wonderful and bright image!

25 Jun 2011 11:41am

marci from in, Morocco

our perception is tied to our experiences - which means to me that each time you view an image, your perception of it is different because your experience has changed. I love going back through old images, and always different ones pop out (or sing to me, as I point out in my image for today). hmmm, maybe this is why my house is so cluttered, though :-/ anyway, so pleased that this was not thrown out when it was "dismissed" !

25 Jun 2011 12:34pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like this shot anyway! :-) She has a critic's eye and the ability to dispense with the second-bests in her art world. I keep all the old junk and occasionally find one I passed over that I like, but it does pile up...and up.

25 Jun 2011 3:22pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Nice composition

25 Jun 2011 3:55pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Your excellent writing makes me think! My criticism is direct and takes my little girl. She looks at my records and 100 images leaves me three. The other is to throw them away. I did not move me. No wonder I decide that the paper is pulled from oblivion and no. I follow a process. I watch a couple of times and then left him alone a couple of months. The turn to look and delete the ones I do not like me ... Do not let anyone stick their noses in my work. This image that we teach is excellent for me ... I find it beautiful. It is possible that someone does not like anything. but never mind I like me. Like you? Yes? For there to save it. A hug friend. Muchos besos de tu amiga Adela...

25 Jun 2011 4:30pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb framing and great green .

25 Jun 2011 5:28pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I love this! I have a few behind flower shots too and you are inspiring me..this is fantastic. Brilliant light, Jack!

25 Jun 2011 6:19pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid

25 Jun 2011 6:26pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Sorting = tossing vs saving ... not easy, but necessary. Stored on a DVD, someone someday will have a wonderful slideshow of your interest. ;D

25 Jun 2011 6:38pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Sometimes the rear-view shot is just as interesting or more so than the full-frontal shot. In this case, this was worth seeing...glad you didn't heed your wife's advice this time. As for her philosophy, it surely has merit and I am sometimes in a mood to see it the same way. At other times, though, I hang on to too many shots. Hmmm.

25 Jun 2011 6:43pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely captured Jack! Glad you did not discard it...... ;-)

25 Jun 2011 8:44pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice details.

26 Jun 2011 12:07am

China landscapes from China

A vibrant world! Fresh green and white goes together very well.

26 Jun 2011 1:21am

Céline from New York City, United States

Pretty macro !

26 Jun 2011 3:40am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

So three dimensional. I love the sense of depth and the focus.

26 Jun 2011 3:45am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I'm much more forgiving than your wife. I like the light in this image.

27 Jun 2011 2:56am