Which image is most appealing?

13th October 2012: Two hedge bindweed images, but which is most appealing, and why?

Hedge Bindweed A.

Hedge Bindweed B.

25 Comments on “Which image is most appealing?

  1. Mike,
    For me the first image is more appealing as I like the shallower DOF given less specular highlights than the second. In addition, the first image is just slightly more exposed making the white of the bloom a little brighter.

    Just one man’s opinion. 🙂
    Jim

    • The DOF is the same for both images, Jim. There is greater exposure compensation on image B. Thank you.

  2. On my monitor picture A has more colourful shining and clearness for details. My eyes went from the blossom to bottom ~ leaves ~ in an interested way.

  3. Depends on your story. If it’s about the ‘moonflower’ of the bindweed glowing in the last light of dusk, well the second will be my pick, but if it’s a portrait of a flower, well it’s the first!

    • I was unable to choose between the tow images, but I am leaning towards B.

      There ins’t a story here. These were the first two images I shot on the marsh yesterday.

      I shot the images with my Sigma 150 to 500 mm lens.

      These were the camera settings

      IMAGE A.
      :File Name IMG_669813TH OCTOBER 2012.JPG
      Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
      Firmware Firmware Version 1.2.5
      Shooting Date/Time 13/10/2012 13:56:13
      Author Mike Griffiths.
      Owner’s Name
      Shooting Mode Shutter-Priority AE
      Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
      Av( Aperture Value ) 7.1
      Metering Mode Partial Metering
      Exposure Compensation -1
      ISO Speed 100
      Auto ISO Speed ON
      Lens 150-500mm
      Focal Length 150.0mm
      Image Size 566×800
      Image Quality Fine
      Flash Off
      FE lock OFF
      White Balance Mode Cloudy
      AF Mode One-Shot AF
      Picture Style Standard
      Sharpness 5
      Contrast 1
      Saturation 1
      Color tone 0
      Color Space sRGB v1.31 (Canon)
      Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
      High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
      Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
      Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
      Peripheral illumination correction Enable
      File Size 438KB
      Drive Mode High-speed continuous shooting

      IMAGE B.
      Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
      Firmware Firmware Version 1.2.5
      Shooting Date/Time 13/10/2012 13:56:48
      Author Mike Griffiths.
      Owner’s Name
      Shooting Mode Shutter-Priority AE
      Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
      Av( Aperture Value ) 7.1
      Metering Mode Partial Metering
      Exposure Compensation -1/3
      ISO Speed 100
      Auto ISO Speed ON
      Lens 150-500mm
      Focal Length 150.0mm
      Image Size 566×800
      Image Quality Fine
      Flash Off
      FE lock OFF
      White Balance Mode Cloudy
      AF Mode One-Shot AF
      Picture Style Standard
      Sharpness 5
      Contrast 1
      Saturation 1
      Color tone 0
      Color Space sRGB v1.31 (Canon)
      Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
      High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
      Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
      Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
      Peripheral illumination correction Enable
      File Size 456KB
      Drive Mode High-speed continuous shooting
      These were the camera settings:

      • Does the second more accurately represent your memory of what you saw?

      • It probably represents what I saw in my head, rather than what I actually saw. 🙂

      • there we go – that’s your choice, then!

  4. Image A,
    Is obvious that you cleaned up a bit of the distracting background.

    • The same camera settings were used for both images. No cleaning up has been carried out. The difference between the two images is the point of focus and exposure compensation: one point of focus being on the white flower, and the other the green bud cover below it. 38 seconds separate the images.

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  5. I like the composition of B a little better than A. It’s slightly more balanced. However, I do like the higher brightness and contrast of image A.

  6. I love the first image, A, is my choice, I love high contrast as long as highlights are not blown out, thanks for this blog post, MJ

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