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Back to flowers for a moment. I am having a crisis of confidence with this image. I can not decide which is the stronger composition the one above of the flipped version here. Please help me, which do you prefer? I do have a preference but I am not sure it is the correct one.

I hope you don't think this is plagerism, Jose!

One Left

Back to flowers for a moment. I am having a crisis of confidence with this image. I can not decide which is the stronger composition the one above of the flipped version here. Please help me, which do you prefer? I do have a preference but I am not sure it is the correct one.

I hope you don't think this is plagerism, Jose!

comments (22)

Beautiful image, beautifully presented, but did you get clearance from the pixie first?! wink
Digiphotology: Thanks David, a bit worried, no clearance!
Definitely this one, I prefer. It's a lovely image....just hanging on.
Digiphotology: Hi Mary, by the skin of its seed! Cheers
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Oct 2007, 00:20
lol - on your crisis Digi!

Firstly the image, it is gorgeous, beautifully produced and presented. But I prefer the other composition, like a book, I read from left to right and therefore the lead in lines work better for me. But if I were from china and read the other way, I might think differently! lol - top shot though, must tell the pixie to include this in the hall of fame. mal
Digiphotology: Mal me old mate, thanks for the essay, totally confused now!-)
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 9 Oct 2007, 04:14
I'm not from China, but I see no big difference. Both photographs are absolutely marvelous.
Digiphotology: Cheers Z, thats the way sit on the fence. But as you like them, I will let you.
Cannot tell why but I prefer this one. The flipped version appears somehow a bit strange.
Digiphotology: I'm with you Frank, this is why I asked the question. Ta
Both are exceptionnal in their compo and texture !
Digiphotology: Florence you are too kind. thanks
a CORRECT preference?...

prefer this one...just amazing digi...likeyed...
Digiphotology: I get the feeling you are slapping my wrist!, can't you have a correct preference?

Thanks for the guidance Sam.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 9 Oct 2007, 06:04
Wow--this is phenomenal. Such a strong image that has so much symbolism. I think I like it this way because it goes against "the norm."
Digiphotology: Kathryn, thank you for your opinion, very helpful.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 9 Oct 2007, 06:06
I would generally choose left to right but there is something about this one that appeals. beautiful work on both
Digiphotology: Hi Nev, that is just why I asked the question I had a similar feeling. Cheers
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Oct 2007, 07:04
Both great ones Alistair! Think i might prefer this one though...likeyed!
Digiphotology: Petra, a Likey, thank you so much, love it!
  • Steve
  • 9 Oct 2007, 07:25
well I would have said the strongest element should be left-to-right, i.e. the other one. However, on the other one, the left-to-right nature of the head draws my attention to it, more so than the seed, and it feels uncomfortably close to the right frame, whereas it doesn't feel uncomfortably close to the left frame in this version.

Conversely, with this image, my attention is drawn more to the seed which unfortunately feels a little close to the top frame, whereas I'm not getting that feeling in the other one.

I like the treatment though. I've been shooting a couple of dandelions lately, I've just got to get all my clearance forms submitted before I put them on my blog wink
Digiphotology: Steve, thank you for your considered thoughts, much appreciated. Live dangerously, get them posted! Cheers
They both rock grin
Digiphotology: And so do you, thanks Suby
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Oct 2007, 07:50
I prefer this. This is really outstanding .
Digiphotology: Thanks a lot, apreciated.
I think I prefer this one, but I can understand why you would end up dithering about which is best. Sometimes I think it is possible to deliberate for too long - I do it all the time. This is a beautiful shot, and I love the treatment you have given it. (:o)
Digiphotology: Hi Roz, if you belong to a photography club as I do you would not ask that question. Composition and it's subtle variations is a continuous bone of contention particularly with images such as this which could probably work both ways. It is interesting to note that although we are probably breaking the "read left to right" rule as one or two have mentioned the majority seem to agree with my belief "if it looks right it is right". So pleased you have enjoyed it.
My first reaction was this one but the more I look at them the less sure. But then I'm left handed! I think this is perhaps more natural.
Digiphotology: Hi Bill, thanks for your contribution.
The sense that the last seed is about to blow away is stronger in this image than in the flipped version. As Mal says, I think this is something to do with how we read books in the West. But I reach a different conclusion. Hell, they're both wonderful!
Digiphotology: Hi, I agree with you.
  • Lilith
  • polishing stone
  • 9 Oct 2007, 09:58
Beautiful either way but this one to me has a more sombre/tender feel to it. So I like this one best.
Digiphotology: Interesting isn't it how a consensus develops, very satisfying. Thanks Lilith
This one is my preference Alistair - it's the angle I chose. I love the treatment and happen to think this is far superior to my image.

Not sure what that David from Skye is bothered about, it's all been done before anyway but you have done it beautifully.
Digiphotology: Every image has it's virtues, I don't think superiority comes into it, but I am flattered you should think so.

I think David is pulling our respective legs. Certain images seem to become associated with certain Shutterbugs, you are the Dandelion queen, I think I am becoming the distressed sado!

Thanks for ypour kind words Jose, appreciated.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Oct 2007, 14:18
If we didn't have the option to choose, we'd all give top marks to either one, Alistair. The processing really is absolutely stunning! A Likey for me as well.
Digiphotology: Hi Ginnie, you know how to massage a guys ego, a Likey as well, super!
Problems problems ...don't we just love them.
This one for me as it meets you as the eye scans across the page. Amazingly botanical and from an age gone bye. stunning. richard.
Digiphotology: Thanks Richard, words of wisdom as always.
I like this one, not the flipped version.
Digiphotology: Well thats decisive, just what I like.
Quite superb, Mr. P. I prefer this one, but why I don't know?!
Digiphotology: Thank you Mr C, you don't know why? Don't worry about it, just enjoy.

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