by: © Leonard Aschenbrand
An attractive, eye-catching shot Leonard, but too much going on. Try to be really clear what your main subject is before finalising the shot. Every choice you make with regard to camera controls should work towards supporting your main idea.
Gourds are fascinating, shape, color, texture, they have it all, so a good choice of subject. I like the idea of 'swan' shapes and it's that shape that catches the eye immediately. And the orange pumpkins contrast well with the green of the gourds.
I feel that the composition is a little too busy. There are so many stalks on the orange pumpkins that it is altogether somewhat confusing. I think you could have cropped it even more.
Use of camera,
Exposure is good with very few highlights blown out, just the one gourd in the middle which has a slight loss of detail. White balance is good and 1/400th sec is fast but ok.
F8 is ok for a shot like this although with a wider aperture you could have blurred out some of the pumpkins which are really only there to provide color - it's the stems of the green gourds that are the main subject.
Nice colors, orange and green are complementary, and the lighting is even so no hard shadows.
I reworked this photo with cropping and contrast to get the gourds to look like "swans" among the pumpkins.
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
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How to improve your photo
I think with a shot like this it's possible to rearrange the gourds in the foreground to suit exactly the idea you have in mind. Don't be afraid to 'stage' your shots by moving objects or people around.
I would try cropping out the bottom part of the picture, just the part where the pumpkins are showing. Simpler is often better.
Too many gourds! Three swan-shaped gourds would have been perfect for me. Three is always a good number in a photo.
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