The contrast of colors between all the flowers, the blue jar, and the different colored wrappings around the jar, combined with the way the light is coming through makes for beautiful flowers. This pictures uses the rule of thirds to focus the viewer’s eye on the most colorful pedals in the flower arrangement. The idea behind the rule of thirds is to divide the picture into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The four points where these lines intersect are places are where people’s eyes are naturally drawn so they are a good place to put the focus of the picture. This may sound a little complicated, but it’s actually a pretty simple and powerful concept once you understand it. If you are interesting in finding out more about the rule of thirds this page does a good job of explaining it.
This picture was taken at Paul’s sister’s wedding. All of the tables had beautiful flowers like this on them like this, but what made these flowers stand out to me was the sidelight. Using sidelight like this can have a fun artsy effect on pictures. This technique can also be used to bring out different textures in an image. Here it helps “separate” the flowers on the darker side of the image and also brings out the texture of the cloth that the jar is on. This technique has a lot of applications, but can be especially interesting with portraits. If you are tired of getting the “same picture” all the time, try sidelight for some new ideas. Maybe it will be just what you need to get the creativity going.
Beautiful Flowers Information
- Taken By: Susan
- Date Taken: 16-MAY-2014
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D
- Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Exposure: 1/2000 sec at F/5.6
- Focal Length: 50 mm
- ISO: 1000
- Flash: Did not fire