E.J.Wilkins

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Autumnal Wisteria


Unashamedly taken through a garden gate, this scene typifies British autumn - too many leaves to deal with!

I was amazed by the size of the trunk, it must be an ancient plant.

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This picture is open to full "critique". So please feel free to comment, criticise and offer as many suggestions as you like.

The flower pot on the left is, I feel, a distraction, but cropping it out made the picture feel cramped because the leafy branch growing through the railings was lost. Cloning such a large part of the picture is not an option, so what would you have done?
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Autumnal Wisteria


Unashamedly taken through a garden gate, this scene typifies British autumn - too many leaves to deal with!

I was amazed by the size of the trunk, it must be an ancient plant.

.....

This picture is open to full "critique". So please feel free to comment, criticise and offer as many suggestions as you like.

The flower pot on the left is, I feel, a distraction, but cropping it out made the picture feel cramped because the leafy branch growing through the railings was lost. Cloning such a large part of the picture is not an option, so what would you have done?
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comments (20)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 15 Nov 2008, 02:18
I really like that carelessly tilted broom. I see what you mean about the cropping problem. Maybe you could PP in a large dog where the pot goes? smile
EJWilkins: I think a dog is a nice idea Larry
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 15 Nov 2008, 03:44
I would move the damn pot. smile
EJWilkins: Not my garden, I was looking over the fence! wink
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 15 Nov 2008, 07:09
I'd leave it as it is. Ellie. I quite like the way the pot anchors the bottom left corner.

I like the way the brush appears to have been tossed down by the owner, perhaps before thinking "Stuff this, I'm going to have a cup of tea!"
EJWilkins: I hope they enjoyed their cup of tea.

Realistically I think you're right. But, if you hadn't seen the original do you think you'd have thought the picture cramped if it had been cropped to the black ironwork?
  • FLOOG
  • The library of my contented soul
  • 15 Nov 2008, 08:24
Alternative gardening techniques number six-leave it well alone and go have a nice pot of tea! Ha ha

That's a great shot, love the pot and gate to the left, and that broom, thrown down in disgust perhaps "Blow this for a game of cricket, I'm off! "

Superb smile
EJWilkins: I like the idea of a pot of tea! wink
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 15 Nov 2008, 08:29
Well spotted, it is an amazing looking tree.
EJWilkins: It's huge, isn't it
A nice collection of objects, Ellie. Very Fox Talbot.
EJWilkins: Eh?
"rolls eyes" ... I'm going to have to do some looking up now!
I like it as it is Ellie. There are many many things all around and yet it looks tidy!
EJWilkins: It does, sort of, doesn't it
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Nov 2008, 09:35
Not a lot to critisize - it is such a great lazy saturday picture. I want to join FLOOG's cricket game.

From the Well of Lost Plots - the following ideas:

- the pot would probably been better of when fully included, what is what you should take care of when taking the picture. When I remember I include a little more with the shoot and later crop if required. But overall the pot is not messy to me in this picture.
- Second idea: this picture just asks to be converted to b&w as well. But first you will have to darken the highlights of the wall in the background.
EJWilkins: Cricket season's over, pitches waterlogged! tongue

Couldn't alter the angle, the gap in the fence wasn't big enough!
Like the idea of mono, will try it and see ...
My goodness aren't people just a total embarressment with their laziness. Can't be bothered to stack the leaves neatly, leaving the climbing frame out, don't shut the back gate and just look at the way they treat that broom!!! ... I say bring back conscription, bring back the birch and tax the idle rich.

Yours disgusted
Mr Grumpy of Tunbridge Wells.
EJWilkins: Dear Mr Grumpy of Tunbridge Wells,
Please go and discuss these issues with your close neighbour, Mr Disgusted, also of Tunbridge Wells.
You and he have much in common.
wink
I also think this picture is great just as it is. But if the pot worried me too much I think I would clone it out. The highlights on the back wall are a bit distracting, but only a little bit. So all in all a lovely photo, that needs nothing doing to it. Just let that tree be the star!
EJWilkins: Bright sunlight on the wall in the background, deep shade in the foreground, and I'm not a clever enough photographer to know how to deal with them - you're the first to mention the bright wall. wink
I would crop to the black thing and have a square picture by cropping the right side to square it up.
EJWilkins: Don't you think it would look a bit cramped if I did that?
Hmm, then again, if it were cropped to the edge of the wall it would end up almost square and the it on the left wouldn't matter at all ... Aaargh!
You have set a hard task madam. There are a couple of themes here: one being the very big Wisteria. The other is this overwhelming sense of autumn: with lying leaves & a brush that suggests the owner knows he's got to clean the mess up - sometime! There was no point in cropping out the gate because the tree is tentatively growing through it. So there's another theme - nature eventually encroaches everywhere!
EJWilkins: Yep, I know, and that's why I posted it "as was" because I couldn't make up my own mind. Worked out well really, don't you think - the question I mean wink
I would crop off the left to the black thingy and leave the rest. What a lovely hotch potch of a garden.
EJWilkins: Worth a try Brian, and yes, it's a gloriously British garden isn't it
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 15 Nov 2008, 21:27
There is much to look at here and I would leave the pot where it is. It's a good shot at it is. Well spotted smile
Fallen leaves may be annoying but they look great to me. Nice pic.
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 15 Nov 2008, 22:23
Superimpose one or both of my Golden Retriever dogs sitting down by the gate,but i think it should stay as it is,just a shame the pot was not closer by a few inches to the gate.The terracotta colour is warm and the defunct plant in it fits in with the ambience. Loved the Romsey series also,superb work Ellie well done.
EJWilkins: OK, the deal is ... you take your dogs to this house, persuade the owner to let them pose in the garden and I'll be there with my camera! wink
Good composition but is too much light at heart and spoils a little the scene! wink
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2008, 10:45
This is a lovely little composition Ellie. Yes, the flowerpot is a distraction and I don't think you would lose anything by cropping out that bit of wall - it gives the picture a completely different feel - more secret garden. I love the detail of the discarded broom.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Yes, Mike suggested the same, and cropping to the edge of the wall is a good option, alters the light levels too somehow
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Nov 2008, 13:20
Well...I think it looks fine as it is, Ellie.
The superb old Wisteria trunk grabs the attention and doesn't let go.
Nice idea with this broom in the middle

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