Happy hump day everyone. I am going to do something a little different today. I had originally thought I would post something on the weekly travel theme today. However, sometimes things change. As we all know our followers are key to what we do here on WordPress and of course without those followers I would simply be posting something into cyber space and nothing would come from it. Our followers give us a purpose, they become a part of your everyday (in a different kind of way, of course) and they offer you words of encouragement, they give you ideas and of course they sometime offer some constructive thoughts. Take for example, my friend and fellow blogger Arnel. Arnel and I have never met but she follows my blog and I follow hers. She leaves comments on mine and I do likewise. Its kinda like “you show me yours and I’ll show you mine”. Thus, in the community of bloggers, we are friends. If you have not ever checked out Arnel’s blog please do. Arnel writes a beautiful blog entitled “All things boys“. It’s the story of her adventures as she and her husband raise three boys and includes some great photography. I like to look at it as “one mothers journey’. Check her out, I think you will find it very funny, thought-provoking and at times empowering.
One thing I love about Photography or Art in general, is that it is very subjective. What something looks like to me can look so different to others. I also love it when I see comments on a particular post. Of course, even though we can scrutinize comments before they go ‘live’ I figure if you put it out there then you should be ready to hear what people say even if you don’t find it appealing. I enjoy seeing or hearing what works for some and what works for others. After all, if we are truly trying to appeal and draw more to our blogs then we really should listen to what folks offer in some constructive criticism. It also helps to make us better at the craft we have chosen.
So long story short, as I was going through some of the comments many of you have left on my post’s, I came across one from Arnel and she suggested the following:
“Great subject! I love looking at those rolls of hay, mostly because they are so deceiving in size! I saw one loaded on a truck bed once–just one cause that’s all that would fit. O.K., maybe a tiny critique…what do you think about cropping a tiny bit off the bottom horizontally. Not enough to lose the effect of the depth of the field, but just enough to remove the close hay role? That said, it’s a great photo. The cropping is a matter of opinion. “
So, after we exchanged a couple of more messages, I decided to follow Arnel’s advice and crop the shot. Not only did I crop it but I went a bit further and adjusted the sky a bit, I played with the tones and then used the content aware tool in Photoshop to remove the roll of hay that Arnel felt should be gone. I was pleasantly pleased with results. I also did some B&W conversion but want to work on those a bit more.
This is the new image as requested by Arnel…. I hope she likes it and I hope you all like it.