In a Whirl

Critique Style Requested: Initial Reaction

Please share your immediate response to the image before reading the photographer’s intent (obscured text below) or other comments. The photographer seeks a genuinely unbiased first impression.

Questions to guide your feedback

As it’s abstract, what do you think was visible to the naked eye?

Other Information

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Image Description

I applied a swirling motion to the camera. The subject was rows of small pointed pine trees in a nursery. There is a hint of this at the bottom.

Technical Details

D500 +105mm macro 1/4 sec. f29 ISO 100

Adjusted the Vibrance, Highlights and Curves in Photoshop.

Specific Feedback

Aesthetic feedback would be appreciated - things like color, lighting, composition and texture.

Hi Mike, my immediate thought was this looks like a meadow full of tall grass. Nice abstract with some good movement and highlights.

Edit: Just read your description. Very cool that my guess was not right. Nice work Mike.

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Reminds me of a rug, Mike, especially the “fringe” on the top. If you cut it in half and mirrored the top half that’s what I definitely would see. I love the vibrant greens and the small patterns appeal to me.

Your subject interests me because I live very close to one of the nurseries of a major Pacific Northwest lumber company (30 million trees a year). You must have gotten pretty low to eliminate any sign of dirt between the rows.

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My first impression is also that of a field of grass - or similar… and given the somewhat repeating patterns at the bottom, perhaps more organized like agriculture - a field of crops, maybe barley or the like. Most certainly a mystery as to the origin of this.

No significant suggestions other than some kind of crop to further isolate the patterns? Of course a big benefit of the ICM is being able to crop and come up with alternate views. Cropping to a more condensed version, perhaps a square crop… could be a viable alternative

Thanks for sharing!


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