* Wed C&C (No Theme) Thread, Ed. 282, 13 09 18 *

Started Sep 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Swan Flower..
In reply to LouHolland, Sep 18, 2013

LouHolland wrote:

Butomus umbellatus, in Dutch.. Zwanenbloem or a simple translation, Swan Flower.


Thanks for looking & Comments

E3, 14-54mmII, F8.0, ET1/250, ISO100

At first look, I thought that the lower part of the photograph was overcrowded, but then I realized that much of the material there is the same Zwanenbloem blossom but at a slightly different stage of bloom. This is very nice; it helps integrate the picture and also imparts a temporal "depth" element into the scene.

Water is absent, being only hinted at by the lily pads. This forces a viewer to consider the plants as pure forms, outside usual context. The choice of gray background tells me the artist intends this perception. This emphasis on form reminds me of a Chinese flora painting style.

I'm not sold on the round corners + shadow-frame. For some viewers, this may suggest the old format of drugstore 4x6 prints, a notion which lacks the elegance one might desire for this image.

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