The peonies peaked early this year, and last weekend I spent half an hour trying to take a photo that did them justice.
The color came across fine–in one sense a double peony is all about color, especially viewed from a distance–but the exuberance of an individual blossom kept eluding me. The best I could manage was a nice first-year-photography-student-quality study of positive and negative space.
Partly it was the camera, an older digital point-and-shoot that I can’t seem to trick into giving me the depth of field that I want.
Partly it was the angle of the light, which was almost directly overhead. I would have obtained better results much earlier in the day or much later, when the sun would have been lower in the sky and given the auto-exposure some shadows to work with.
Then I had the idea to edit out the color, and there was the photo I wanted.
Sometimes you just don’t need adjectives; the structure will carry the day.
© 2010 Anne Bingham and Making It Up as I Go