Thursday, May 12, 2011

Explored once more

September last year I had my 50th shot in Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting photographs uploaded worldwide that day. Since then, a very long dry spell, which was finally lifted yesterday, when this abstract shot taken in Leverkusen ("Abstraction in red and blue lines and curves") gathered close to 20 faves within 24 hours, catapulting it into Explore at #169. It was also selected by my Flickr friend Rick (word artist) to feature in his excellent composition blog here with the comment: "Despite its simplicity, this image is powerfully composed. While there is the obvious half-and-half split between red and blue, it is the way that is disrupted in the bottom left corner that makes it work, adding balance through asymmetry. The leading lines of the blades (whatever they really are) draw the eye into the gaping negative space that dominated the image, providing room to circulate until the fine minimal detail is re-acquired for contemplation. That the whole also manages to anchor the sweep of the form into the bottom right corner keeps the scene steady. Simple, yes, but it works wonders. Is there any wonder it is his favourite so far this year?". What is it? I can't even remember, probably a modern sculpture....

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0