by Sandy Gould
(Stilwell, Kansas USA)
Taking a Breather
I liked the lines of this photo. I liked the graphic nature of the diagonal lines.
This is a interesting shot.
Not only is this a nice close up of a grasshopper, but Sandy has caught it on some mesh that has made an unusual background.
Usually when we think of photos of insects we think of them in their natural habitat – clinging to a leaf, or partially hidden in the undergrowth.
What makes Sandy's photo different is that this grasshopper is clearly out of his natural home.
My first instincts when I see a photo with so much space around the main subject is to reach for the crop tool. And if this grasshopper were surrounded by grass, then that's exactly what I would do.
But here? No.
Because the background is, as Sandy points out, graphic diagonal lines, I think he made the right move in keeping them in.
The only thing I would have tried would be a slightly different angle on the grasshopper.
Well, this photo moves away from being a picture of a grasshopper, and is more an abstract.
If the grasshopper could have been photographed from directly above, it would be symmetrical.
This symmetry, set against the diagonals would have really made a winning picture!
Don't get me wrong, this is still a terrific photo, and thanks Sandy for the submission.
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