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photoblog image Season's End

Season's End

You couldn't tell from the crowds on the local beaches, but the season really is over as this flower shows clearly. I am sure it will be back next spring and so will be the sunbathers if they ever leave.

Season's End

You couldn't tell from the crowds on the local beaches, but the season really is over as this flower shows clearly. I am sure it will be back next spring and so will be the sunbathers if they ever leave.

comments (23)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Nov 2007, 03:38
love the detail in the dead flowers, Martin...but, I found the rock to be a bit of a distraction.
  • Ted
  • 9 Nov 2007, 04:40
Very nice! I don't mind the rock... it's sufficiently out of focus. Is this a pretty tight crop? The flower is just a little on the soft side.
Too much sunbaths I guess !!! smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 9 Nov 2007, 07:27
Yep, and this is what happens to the sunbathers too.
Ditto Ray
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Nov 2007, 08:33
An absolute cracker !!
I would prefer it without the rock. I've been putting a piece of paper over the screen and I think it looks great with the plant tight on the left in a narrow vertical.
  • Monika
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2007, 10:59
I like the composition, rocks adds pretty colour to it.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 9 Nov 2007, 11:05
I am out on this one. Not sure about the rock or the positioning of the flower. But I am sure that I wish I was at the beach sunbathing!
I''m with Kathryn on this one. I've looked at it from every side and can't seem to make up my mind about this shot. The flower is ace it's just the rest.
Definatelly withered! Great DOF and love the simplicity.Well composed.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Nov 2007, 13:08
Lovely - great composition and contrasts in colours.

Oh and is that a rock? I thought it was a piece of cake smile

For my money you can keep it as it is, cropped enough and if it was soft I probably wouldn't have seen the the spider web strands between the two dead flowers.

The narrow vertical may work, maybe.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Nov 2007, 13:18
Beautiful capture Martin, I think the rock reflects the sunset, the end of a summer day going into an autumn day, so let the rock stay.
I agree with Florencs and Aussie LOL smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2007, 14:33
Love this shot Martin. Glad tou kept the rock it adds to the depth.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2007, 16:36
It's an intriguing juxtaposition, Martin, of the plant against the rock. You could have made an entirely different look with just the flower against the sky and nothing else. But with the rock and water, you have vegetable and mineral. I guess 'animal' can be added later. smile (How's that for being diplomatic!)
Looks very frazzled, can't be good for you!
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 9 Nov 2007, 17:52
Composition is great.
Really can't make my mind up about the rock - the colour is good and contrasts well with the sea, but I find it a bit of a distraction in the composition.
Ingrid
Great contrast of subjects from water to rock & plant. You made your shot feel very lonely even tho you describe the area as being populated.
  • Ellie
  • no pics yet
  • 9 Nov 2007, 22:30
I particularly like all the detail you've captures in this wizened plant, down to the prickly hairs on the stem. It isn't the sort of thing many people would bother to photograph, but I like it. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 9 Nov 2007, 23:28
I love this, I never get tired of spent sunflowers. I like the rock too. I think the picture gains a lot from it.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 10 Nov 2007, 10:13
Nice legend for a nice picture.
Nicely done smile

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