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Little Snake Eating a Big Snake



Martin and Louis and a few others had questions about yesterday's ""Rose Leaves." My goal with the picture was to create a silhouette of the somewhat see-through frail leaves. I took the picture from quite far away. In fact, there was a ditch and a bit of field between me and the rose and I could not get closer, although I wanted to because I wanted only the leaves in my photo. I had to make do and at that point I decide I would just crop later. My focal length of 200mm confirms that. It was after 4 pm and here in northern Germany the sun is quite low at that time of day. It was a bright day too, you can tell that by the washed out sky in the original. I moved so the rose leaves were in the direct sun, which was slightly to the right of the rose in the picture. I did not use any sort of filter. I have looked and looked at all of my pictures of that rose and every one of them has the "grainy feel" to the leaves. I believe that is due to the sun, the leaves, and lord only knows what else. Here is a link to the photo as it was before I cropped out the rest, leaving just the leaves.

Click here to see the original Picture. Thanks for all your questions and curiosity.

And today's picture was taken last night in our dimly light old courthouse. We snuck in after it was closed and had a great time taking pictures. This is the old brass stair railing, but it reminds me of....

Little Snake Eating a Big Snake



Martin and Louis and a few others had questions about yesterday's ""Rose Leaves." My goal with the picture was to create a silhouette of the somewhat see-through frail leaves. I took the picture from quite far away. In fact, there was a ditch and a bit of field between me and the rose and I could not get closer, although I wanted to because I wanted only the leaves in my photo. I had to make do and at that point I decide I would just crop later. My focal length of 200mm confirms that. It was after 4 pm and here in northern Germany the sun is quite low at that time of day. It was a bright day too, you can tell that by the washed out sky in the original. I moved so the rose leaves were in the direct sun, which was slightly to the right of the rose in the picture. I did not use any sort of filter. I have looked and looked at all of my pictures of that rose and every one of them has the "grainy feel" to the leaves. I believe that is due to the sun, the leaves, and lord only knows what else. Here is a link to the photo as it was before I cropped out the rest, leaving just the leaves.

Click here to see the original Picture. Thanks for all your questions and curiosity.

And today's picture was taken last night in our dimly light old courthouse. We snuck in after it was closed and had a great time taking pictures. This is the old brass stair railing, but it reminds me of....

comments (21)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 00:37
You are on a roll with these clever 'simple' shots!

The grain in yesterday's picture now makes sense given the extreme crop.
Kathryn: Martin, what I don't understand is that the grainness is there before the crop. The original picture was 2000x3008 pixels. The crop was not that extreme given those dimensions.

Glad you are enjoying in simpe shots.
I like your imaginative vision, and I can definitely see the little fellow with a big appetite.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2007, 02:58
What a fabulous angle on this, Kathryn, and a great DOF.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, United States of North America
  • 16 Nov 2007, 03:12
...smooth movement of the line i follow,
until I find myself in... hollow...
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Nov 2007, 04:17
Polished brass is beautiful stuff...you have brought that out so well with this gorgeous image, Kathryn.

I am thinking "fish".
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Nov 2007, 04:54
I love these back to basics shot Kathryn. This one is another stunner!
  • Aussie
  • in a night shift daze
  • 16 Nov 2007, 08:14
Beautiful shot.
  • Ann
  • 16 Nov 2007, 08:16
This photo catched me on the welcome page ... I agree with you. For me it is a snake ... And I love the way it moves ( in my imagination of course !!! ) Great photo I love it !!!
Have a nice day.

Ann
Great angle, Kathryn. I love the glowing sheen on the metal. I want to run my hand over it. (:o)
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Nov 2007, 09:15
Very clever !!
I love brass and the glow of this is beautiful. Polished by generations of hands, beautifully lit and composed. You are starting to corner the market in the simple but beautiful shots Kathryn. A likey for me
Kathryn: Thank you, Biil. The "Rathaus" where I found this stair rail is located in the middle of our city center at the marketplace. The marketplace is quite an impressive. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Hildesheim_Knochenhauer-HD.jpg. Hildesheim was almost completely destroyed in 1945. In fact, I believe it was one of the last places bombed before Germany's surrender. It has been rebuilt in much the style before the war and using many of the original artifacts. Lots of hidden treasures here in my little city.
Great picture Kathryn. How imaginative you are! I like the colour tones and the DOF
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 11:59
Lovely image Kathryn.smile
Well spotted.
A nice image - well spotted and captured.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:01
Great story and a great picture, love the brass!!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Nov 2007, 16:25
You have to take a look at blogger 'cheapsuit' archives - the last two weeks will do. He is masterful with these shot where concentrate on simple patterns all around us. He should be at http://cheapsuit.shutterchance.com

This is in his class and that is a great class to be in. Excellent picture.

To each his/her own according to taste, but after seeing the original of the rose bush, I think I will have cropped less, just to get most vertical out of the way.

The grain on the leaves are not digital noise or such - it is the way a rosebush's leaves look in their last days - it is as if they start to show the texture of the cells from which it is built. The softness is the result of the crop.
Kathryn: Thank you for your compliment and constructive comments on the rose leaves, Louis. I love cheapsuits stuff. Be following him and have told him he is the master at making art out of simple and everyday objects!
Well seen and beautifully composed. What makes it for me is the close colour harmony within the shot. For example, the way the green of the background is picked up in the reflection in the handrail. Add to that the sinuous shapes, one silhouette, one not and you have simple and beguiling. Lovely photograph.
Kathryn: Mike, we are seemingly like minded on this one. It was the reflection of those colors from the room in the handrail that caught my eye.
Super colours and clever trickery with subtle DOF K'... and good technical stuff ... But I don't get hit by any question to ask or think of any challanges or emotions it might create in me. Really sorry :-( followed by a smile richard.
Kathryn: That's ok, R. Sometimes just enjoying the colors is a nice thing to do too.
  • Mike
  • Sheffield UK
  • 16 Nov 2007, 20:58
Wow! Saw this as I clicked on your name after you left your kind comment...So big and smooth and shiny...! Had to follow the curve & sweep all round! Very cool!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 16 Nov 2007, 21:49
I love the 'feel' of this very nicely composed picture

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