I favor the second picture because none of the petals visually touch the pads behind them.
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Rules! If I moved to the right which would have given the separation you mention then the balance of pads wouldn’t have been to my liking. and the left-most petal might have touched the green pad even more. Trade offs. A half hour passed between the two shots and the flower drifted a little which allowed for more open water.
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Those are so beautiful! Happy Independence Day Steve.
Thanks, Liz! Pink, maroon, and green are not exactly the colors of Independence day but I like them anyway. 🙂
These are beautiful 😍❤
The contrasting colors of the pads appeals to me. I prefer the second: partly because I like the balance among the three elements, and partly because the first one brought to mind Miss Piggy’s nose.
I like your reason for preference better than Steve’s. The two pads were important to me as opposed to many of these I have photographed in the past, both pink and white, which were isolated against the dark water. I also liked the inclusion of those thin grasses.
Both are beautiful but I also prefer the second – I like that the flower has opened more, as well as the placement of it and the grass stems below. Patience paid off!
I did have to wait a good half hour for the flower to open a bit (there were other subjects to occupy my time). If I stayed a little longer it may have opened fully but I was late already. I also prefer the second but wanted to share the closed view as well. Thanks, Ann!
Happy Independence Day. I like the serenity of these photos. They may not have Independence Day colours but they are appropriate as I think a national day works best if it is part celebration and part reflection/contemplation.
Thanks, Anne, for the holiday wish, the comment on the picture as well as recognizing what I try to communicate with the images I make.
Very Zen and calming. Hope you had a good Independence Day holiday Steve.
Thanks, Sel. We don’t do much for most any holiday. They were a bigger deal when my mother-in-law was alive but now they are just another day. We have a neighbor who has had fireworks every year since moving in but did not the last two years. Our dog appreciates that. 🙂
Pretty subject and nice clean composition. I especially like the second with the flower more open and not touching the lily pad. 🙂
As a photography judge that revelation is not a shock. 😀 I almost didn’t share the first one but liked the slightly open bud and thought it a good companion, albeit not perfect, to the second. Your critique echoes most everyone else’s…including my own.
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