Look back through my posts here on Weekly Fifty and you’ll probably see a handful that look a lot like this: yellow crocuses (croci?) poking through the brown grass. This is the first one I can remember sharing back in 2013 and it’s a scene I enjoy revisiting each year for a few reasons, even though I’m not sure that any subsequent photos really have a lot to add to the collective conversation. For one, I think shots like this are pretty. It’s enjoyable and somewhat reassuring to see the same sight each spring–as long as these flowers make their annual appearance it’s a sign that all is right in the world. I also enjoy experimenting with different ways to present this scene in terms of lighting, angle of view, closeness to subject, backlighting, even my editing choices. Is today’s picture any more or less interesting, or valuable, than any similar photos I have taken in years past? Maybe, but maybe not. Was it a fun picture to take? Absolutely, which is all the reason I need to post it here :)
The gear I used for this shot is nothing special: D7100 that I got in fall of 2013 and the same 50mm lens I’ve had since spring of 2012. I took this at f/2 in the late afternoon which gave the backlit flower a bit of a sunny glow. What I did differently this time around was pay careful attention to the whole composition. Not just the flower in front, but the other flowers in the background, the green blades of grass, even the white highlights on the right side. By looking at the entire scene and not just the main subject I was able to create a picture that is, in my opinion, a lot more visually appealing than some other similar photos I have shot.
It’s a good reminder to me of why I like learning from my past pictures. I used to get embarrassed by some of the photos I have taken, even ones here on Weekly Fifty, but I’ve really tried to see my old pictures as learning opportunities. It makes scrolling through my photo stream a lot more interesting and, even at times, inspiring.