by Stuart Francis
I took this photo while taking my dog for a walk... this was my first attempt at photography that wasn't a snap shot...
Now who would have thought that something as simple as a few blades of grass could make a great photo?
That's one of the wonderful things about photography - there are pictures all around us just waiting to be taken; all we need to do is open our eyes and let them in!
This photo works on a couple of levels. Firstly it is a really simple composition. It's simple compositions that usually come out best in black and white photography.
Find a cluttered scene and everything seems to blend into one hotchpotch of contrasts. Find a simple scene though and black and white photography can really work well.
The other good thing about this photo is the shallow depth of field. This gives us sharp clear blades of grass in the foreground that are separated from the background which has blurred. It gives the scene real depth.
Personally, I think black and white rather than sepia would have worked slightly better. But I'm sure there are other photographers out there who beg to differ with me on that one (and if you do disagree, by all means add your comments below).
Thanks for the submission Stuart.