Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Palm Fronds (Myakka River State Park)—3


December 23, 2015

If you missed the discussion in yesterday’s comments section about regularity and irregularity, order and disorder, and what these qualities have to do with our perception of beauty, I urge you to go back to that post and see what Robert Sims and nannus have to say. Meanwhile, here are some more spent palm fronds on the forest floor.

12202015 Myakka River State Park-27

8 responses

  1. I appreciate the design of this image. Groups of 3s or 5s, etc., always work well by using “odd” numbers.

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    December 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    • Thanks, Barry. I have to admit that I always aim for elements in my photographs to appear in groups of three, five, or seven, but sometimes it depends on how you count. Three light-colored fronds here, but three darker ones, too, making six fronds. The three light ones are more grouped and more visible, so I thought the design worked. Glad you agree.

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      December 23, 2015 at 10:31 AM

  2. leslie organ

    pleasing layers of muted neutrals

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    December 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    • Thanks, Leslie. I like when I can find something both brown and interesting. Doesn’t happen all that often.

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      December 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

  3. This is a very effective composition, Linda. The fronds intersect in a delightful way.

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    December 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM

  4. Thank you, Andy. The horizontal version didn’t quite make the cut. Was glad the square format worked better.

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    December 24, 2015 at 2:18 PM

  5. I’ll have to get back to the discussion later when I can check the links, but just wanted to say that it’s funny, I was thinking about order vs. disorder too when I went through photos of my last walk in the woods. Some were very orderly and fit the classic idea of how one “should” photograph things, (huge generalization here!) and then one in particular was chaotic. But I liked it that way. It’s a big world – room for lots of interpretations. Yours are always tops in my book!

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    December 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    • Oh, thank you, Lynn! I’ve been thinking about what nannus said also. I really like the messy look of the Florida forests (which I think of as jungles), especially the way plants grow on top of and twined around other plants. When I photograph the messiness, however, I need to have some kind of what—anchor?—for the composition. Something that isn’t just messy, or it isn’t interesting to me as a photograph. I guess what I’m looking for, in nannus’s terms, is order amid the disorder.

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      December 25, 2015 at 9:29 PM

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