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Lupinus Polyphyllus

Large-leaved Lupine, Lupinus Polyphyllus

Picture 1. Large-leaved Lupine, Lupinus Polyphyllus, is a common sight in finnish summer. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM captures a sharp picture with a pleasing Bokeh.

02.07.2007 Category: Photography
I was celebrating Midsummer at my mother's and I had dragged some photography gear along:

My intention was to photograph the summer nature, my mother's Norfolk terriers and test my new Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide angle lens.

Despite my efforts I couldn't find opportunate situations to photograph. However, I had dragged photographic gear along so I wanted to photograph at least something. I noticed Lupines on the yard and ended up photographing them with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM tele zoom. This lens captures very sharp photos with a pleasing Bokeh.

Composition of Lupine

Some people consider lupine as weed and some admire their strong colors. I belong to the later group. When I was taking the photo (Picture 1) I tried multiple different compositions. I wasn't able to create a really satisfying composition but I did notice something special. Usually I avoid placing the subject in the middle of the frame unless it covers the whole picture. But this time the composition in Picture 1 was the one that pleased my eye the most. What could be the reason for that?

Maybe the composition works because there is one clear subject in the photo which appears sharp while the background is blurred. Maybe the composition works because of the symmetry in the background. Or maybe colors violet and green work well together. I am really not sure...maybe all these factors intensify this centralized composition.