That was close.


The problem with things that are delicate and feathery is that they move in the slightest of breezes, making it more difficult to capture a closeup that doesn’t make the subject look like a smear of paint your kid accidentally wiped on the picture.

This task is even trickier if you’re crouched down in the back corner of the garden – since that’s where the delicate and feathery things grow – and the camera’s perched on the tripod in such a way that you can’t even look through the viewfinder to see what you’re taking a picture of because your neck is craned at a horrendous angle. Also, you have to rush because you’re almost late to pick up your kids from school and they probably won’t sympathize that you were delayed because you were busy gazing at grass seeds.

This is the only photo I salvaged out of a couple dozen shots. I think it would have been more pleasing if the composition were simpler – less feathery goodness along the bottom and the right and an evenly-coloured background. I do like, though, that the seeds have a bit of detail but keep their soft, airy look.

Well, in case you were wondering, my neck feels better now. And I made it to school in time (just).



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