Friday, June 25, 2010

Ode to Green

Ode to Green

Ferns and Dogwood, Summer,
Sierra National Forest, California 2010

10 sec at f/22, focal length: 23mm, ISO 50, Aperture Priority, 0EV,
- 14 June 2010 7:26 pm PDT. Photographed with Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 17-40mm f/4L, tripod mounted.

At first, I didn't know what it was that attracted me to this photograph. I couldn't understand why I kept going back to it when editing through the session. The image is a departure from the work I've been creating lately; highly studied, carefully constructed compositions trying to avoid sentimentality.

Just tonight I realized that it's exactly because of the image's lack of those qualities that is drawing me in. This photograph is somewhat free-flowing in terms of composition and is completely about a deeply inviting mood. I'm finding it refreshing to know that my 'subconscious creative' is still alive and well (and willing to take over from time to time). It may help keep any contrived work at bay...maybe.

Any thoughts?


  1. I love all the textures this photograph exudes. The lushness is very inviting. A true artist because of your subconscious creativity!

  2. StaceydawnimagesJune 25, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    It's lush - beautiful - and the many colors of green - fabulous!

  3. It is, as you say, a free flowing composition, and it works well. It does what good photographs do -- it goes beyond words and triggers a deeper inner reaction. Very nicely done.

  4. JohnOConnorPhotoJune 29, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Thank you pj, Stacey & Franklor. I'm growing to like it more and more....I think I need to make a print!