Friday Photo Share For September 30, 2011

Wow, September is over! Time sure flies. Summer's gone and Fall is moving in. First off, welcome to all of you new subscribers! Thank you for taking the time to subscribe and read this blog. I'm looking forward to watching the blog's community grow and thrive.

For this weeks Friday Photo Share I'm posting a picture I took last Saturday in the back yard. I think it represents Fall and it also shows the value of the resources that are available to us as photographers in this day and age.

Last Saturday morning I was sitting at the computer, drinking a big cup of coffee. It was about 9 in the morning and the sun was just starting to come up over the trees and shine in the back yard. I looked out the window and saw a brightly lit patch of leaves shimmering in the early morning sun. Even though I was well over 100 feet away, the glow from the small patch of leaves really caught my eye. I went downstairs, grabbed the camera and wandered out there to see if I could get a good image of them.

I found the leaves and luckily they weren't too high off the ground. I was able to get some decent photographs. I tried a few different focal lengths and apertures. I came back in the house and loaded the images onto the computer to have a look at them. I found what I thought was the best shot and decided to see what other photographers thought about it. I logged onto Google + and submitted the image (here's the post on Google+) to the "Photo Critique" circle for some feedback. Here's the original image:

Within a few minutes I had several comments. They all liked the colors in the image but thought I was too "broad" in my approach. Multiple people suggested that I crop the image down a bit and also try to bring out the details a little better.

I went back to the computer and pulled up the image. After looking at it, it was pretty easy to see that a closer crop would put more emphasis on the leaves, which was the whole point of my taking the photo in the first place. My original shot had a lot of extraneous background that didn't really add anything to the photo. By cropping the image I was able to focus the viewer's attention on the leaves in all their glowing glory. Here's my second attempt:

Backlit Leaves

I like how the image came out. It isn't going to win any contests but it will help me remember the event and that's really the whole point, isn't it?

Being able to get some feedback and input on the image helped me produce a better final product that reflected the vision I had when I took the photograph. The feedback I got helped me to realize, and reinforce, the fact that I need to do a better job of "cropping with the camera" instead of after the fact. By doing that I will have higher quality images from the very start.

That's what is so great about being a photographer today. The ability to instantly see the results of your photography and get valuable feedback from people all across the world. Stuff like that can really help all of us learn and grow as photographers.

That's what I would like this Friday Photo Share to become. I know that there are more subscribers to this blog than last week so I'd like to say thank you and offer a big, hearty Welcome! to all of you. I'd also like to invite you to participate in this weekly post by submitting you photographs for future "Friday Photo Shares". Just email me at with a JPEG image (please keep the image to a maximum of 600 pixels wide),  a description of your image  and what you want to say about it. I'll suggest different themes but for the time being let's just go with "your favorite photo". It can be any family-friendly image that you want to share.

See you next week!