February 3, 2011 – Patterns and lines. I liked the patterns and the lines on the wood as well as the cord from Jasper's retractable leash, which was wrapped around the wood post. I cropped this macro to follow the rule of thirds but I didn't really like how it looked. I tried to play with it more but my body isn't willing to cooperate. Does anyone have any suggestions what to do with this? or should I have cropped it differently? thank you.
Without seeing the original, I can say I also am drawn to the contrast between the direction of the grain and the lead, which I like very much. The crisp black and white against the brown tones really does it for me, basically my four favorite colors here...so I really enjoy the color version. Simple yet VERY effective.
I'm am not a professional photographer, nor have I been at this long...so I'm going to just say what I am observing, because I"m not sure what you are not satisfied with. Here goes: I think the photograph works...the striking contrast in the lead, leads my eye across the photograph; the small rise in the center, however, pulls my eye there and lets it rest. The direction of the grain in the wood constantly takes my eye back to the lead...I can look at the grain, but I'm taken back to the lead. I am assuming that the dog's lead is the subject and everything in the photograph brings me there. This final observation is one of preference only: did you try the image in black and white? Might accentuate the various contrasts in tone and pattern...don't know for sure. : )