Why do I like this?


Mu-43 Regular
Apr 10, 2010
Greenbelt, MD, USA (just outside Washington DC)
I took this the other day, cropped it, cranked down the exposure, and converted it to B&W. I am quite pleased with the result (despite overexposing the highlight and using a bit too shallow a depth of field).

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The problem I'm having is that I don't know why I like it, and while I'm quite sure that it's far from perfect (technical flaws aside), I don't know what I might have done to improve it. I feel like I could improve my photography, if only I knew what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong...

Bokeh Diem

Mu-43 Top Veteran
Mar 14, 2010
It is a VERY strong composition.

The eye has lots of places to go, there is much to look at, but it is all balanced. Take away all the leaves and grass and you've got a simple triangle of fence, lawnmower and tree.The strong perspective draws you in and keeps the eye moving; the tree anchors it. Wonderful stuff.

I also like how you got down low on it. From above, in standing position, it wouldn't have worked.

Bokeh D


Mu-43 Top Veteran
Dec 16, 2009
Den Haag, The Netherlands
I like it a lot. I especially like the way the tree, gatepost and mower shaft all give lines for my eye to travel through the picture. The tones are, as Lisa said, spot on.

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