Rain Drops on Rose
Here's a very simple image that illustrates a range of quite different elements, some obvious, others less so.
Let's look at the obvious elements of the image. It features a flower, which happens to be a rose; that rose displays a pinkish-red Hue (color), that is relatively high in saturation (pure in color); and is a close-up photograph that displays a shallow Depth of Field (DOF) and water droplets. That's already 7 rather unique aspects associated with this image, and we haven't explored the background, or its relationship to the subject. And with the addition of one more letter to the title, I would have established a connection with the film 'The Sound of Music'. Fortunately, sanity prevailed.
Now for the more powerful elements being explored in this image. What might the raindrop on the rose indicate to you? Such delicate beauty only lasts a few short moments. One moment the raindrop comes into contact with the flower, the next it's gone. Might that suggest both the beauty and transient nature of our natural world and, by implication, of our own existence? There is life within every flower and a world within every raindrop. It's during those fleeting moments, when the two come together, that the nature of existence is revealed. We are connected to each other and to the natural world. By concentrating our attention on the more simple aspects of everyday life we will be able to block out worldly distractions. This will enhance our focus and lead to insights as to the nature of our true reality and our life's purpose. To begin the search for such inner truths we would all do well to "stop and smell the roses".
By keeping an image simple it's easier for the viewer to connect with it. The importance of simplicity within our complicated world cannot be understated. With the initial connection made the technical, aesthetic and spiritual aspects in our images will emerge. We should never forget the power of metaphor and symbolism.
The image was made with a Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro lens.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography