Photo of the Week – February 4, 2011

This is a photo that I waffle on.  Some days I really like it.  Other days I don’t see what led me to take the photo in the first place.  I think it’s the abstractness of the pattern that leads to my wishy washy opinions.  This photograph has enough pattern to it that I can sometimes see and appreciate the pattern and texture together.  Other days, it just looks like a random photograph of some grass in the snow.

Today I like it, so I’m posting it before I change my mind again.  I won’t be offended if you don’t like it!  (Maybe you’ll like it better tomorrow…)

Prairie grass and snow at sunrise. Lincoln Creek Prairie, Aurora, Nebraska.

5 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – February 4, 2011

  1. Loren February 5, 2011 / 11:11 am

    I like the photo – a lot.

    I like to take photos of insects, but occasionally take photos of scenes like your snow and grass when it something about the scene strikes a chord. Later I often feel the same toward them as you do toward yours. During the time that I don’t like them, I usually delete them.

  2. James C. Trager February 5, 2011 / 2:10 pm

    This picture makes me want to burrow down into the subnivean, like a vole.

  3. Mark Godfrey February 6, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    Chris: It is a nice photo but I can understand your ambivalence! The beauty of the golden grass stalks against the white snow is remarkable. One of the problems for a photographer confronted with a situation like this is overcoming the initial beauty of the situation and working through to a composition that reflects your initial response. This is a case where you just have to work the scene until you can overcome your reaction catch the beauty of the abstraction – you just have to keep shooting (pounding that nail) until it is driven home! Having said that – it is a very nice photo! Mark!

  4. Eric Fowler February 8, 2011 / 8:58 am

    Of course it’s a nice photo, Chris. I think they question you’re really wanting to ask is is it a “Wow” photo?
    I face the question you’re asking yourself every time I sit down to cull a shoot. And to be honest, to make that job easier, I’ve been trying to ask myself that question before I ever push the button. It’s to easy to push that thing in the digital age.
    It’s a tough question. But I try not to be too quick to hit the delete button. While it might not be my favorite, someone else might love it. One photo I almost deleted ended up on the cover of NEBRASKAland.
    And as you see from the comments, people like your photo.

    • Chris Helzer February 8, 2011 / 11:22 am

      Thanks Eric. Yeah, it changes things when you’re shooting for others – and not just for yourself. I’m like you, I’ve had lots of shots that I thought were mediocre at best end up in a publication,on somone’s wall or in a selection of “great photos”. Makes it pretty hard to cull photos… I guess to maintain our artistic integrity (??) we should keep culling based on our own feelings and take what comes.
      – Chris


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