Yes, glad to see an image post from you. And just like Kris, I missed the “ICM” designation during my first view (which is my bad.) But that did color my first impression.
So, I’ve now gone thru several impressions, and they keep getting better. But for sure, this one can easily be interpreted in at least 2 different ways. My first reaction, not having an inkling of ICM, was of course - hey, this isn’t sharp! this would be awesome with a focus stack! I too love the presence of the little yellow flowers amongst the green grasses - and the variation in tone, and layers is quite wonderful! But then as one of those photographers who will stick his nose right up to a big 30x40" print and nitpick on the sharpness… when you look close here, of course it’s blurry!
But then comes the realization… doh! it’s on purpose! Now I get it! And this is a terrific example of an image that can only be appreciated when you refrain from sticking your nose in the print, up close. The closer you look, the more one wants detail and sharpness…
HOWEVER, the more you back away, the more impressive the “Impressionism” reveals itself. The layers of color and tone, including the darker area framed by the top and bottom lighter grasses - AND the scattering of little yellow flowers and darker seed (heads? pods?) - I now can “see” what you were seeing and have successfully captured and presented. Wonderfully seen.
I am with David in his comments. This is so right on the edge of “oops, I accidentally kicked the tripod” and a very impressionistic vision of are. I know you know the fine line with the ICM, trials and results… any longer shutter speed or greater distance of motion, and the colors just wash together in to nothing - no form, a blur of one color, etc. etc. And too much of one or the other and we lose whatever reference of reality there is.
So in the end, without bumbling any further, I think this works beautifully in a gallery setting, a very large print and viewing from a reasonable distance - Great vision, and a wonderful result. On the flip side, I don’t think works or has anywhere near the same impact looking at a 16x20 viewing from a foot or two away. Does any of that make sense?
BTW, I’m a big fan of ICM and so this is of great interest and appreciation.
thanks for sharing,