Framing a Plant with Itself

By: danitacahill

May 21 2012

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Category: bokeh, composition, Depth of Field, Farm, Floral, Framing, Horses, Macro, Nature Photography, Rural Photography, Spring, Wildlife

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Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

This is the tendril of a wild cucumber plant. I’ve taken a multitude of frames of these tendrils this spring. All were fairly blah: Okay, yes, it’s a curly tendril. Yawn.

But finally, this shot I kind of like. The reason? The framing in the composition of the stem of the wild cucumber plant. It gives the photo some definition – it helps say, “Here it is – Ta-dah! – a magnificent tendril!”

Okay, I might be getting a little carried away, but really it’s fun to look for interesting ways to frame your photos when composing them in your viewfinder.  You can always compose later with cropping, but personally, I think it’s good practice to try to get it right, or close to it, before you press the shutter release.

And as an aside – do not eat the bristly fruit of a wild cucumber. It’s poisonous.

Do wait until the fruit is very ripe. Pluck it as you ride by the vines on your Shetland pony. Launch it at your pesky little brother. Watch it smash open on the ground and discover the beautiful brown seeds inside. Dry the seeds. Paint them with a coat of pearl fingernail polish. Drill holes in the seeds and use them as beads.

Ah, the wild cucumber plant brings back fond memories of my growing-up years on the Oregon Coast.

Now you understand why I so badly wanted a decent shot of the tendrils.

Photographs are so much more than mere pictures. They are memories and emotion.

This is taken with my Canon macro EF 100 mm 1:2.8L. I love this lens.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


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