One Photo Two Ways

This week’s Lens-Artist’s challenge – to share scenes captured in more than one way – is very welcome. I routinely take several shots of anything that piques my interest and just as regularly am not sure which I prefer. It’s nice not to have to choose.

Rousham doorway with clematis

Take this clematis clad stone wall and doorway at Rousham Gardens.  Is the scene more romantic when your eye isn’t being led away down the path (which would probably have been my choice) or do you prefer to wander?

Clematis round a doorway at Rousham Garden

In my second sequence, a rather downcast foxglove and fern pairing starts off in centre stage at the BBC’s Elements of Sheffield Garden.

Foxgloves and ferns

We can pick out enough detail and texture on the moss water feature on the dry stone wall to understand what it is.

Elements of Sheffield dry stone wall

The second shot is wider, so the materials of the garden construction start to steal the scene.

Elements of Sheffield BBC Garden

My third seems to be of a completely different garden. While we can still glimpse the wall and the moss, they’ve been relegated to bit parts – walk ons, if a wall could walk.

Digitally altered lilac flowers

My next pairing is just for fun, and to literally interpret my ‘One Photo Two Ways’ title.

While the camera is directing our attention, we ought to be aware that someone in the wings may be twisting what we see.  It took all of ten seconds to make the change in Photos, but which is real?

Pink flowers

It’s most likely not hard to tell when you see them both together, but on its own, the altered shot might have slipped past unnoticed.

Cut flowers in shades or yellow, apricot and pink

I love the colours of these cut garden flowers, but indecision has prevented me from sharing them until now. Does a bit more of their bicycle ‘container’ make the picture more interesting?

Flowers on a bicycle

Cut flowers in pastel shades
Achillea, lupin and larkspur

From a couple of paces to the side, the flower content changes: the roses no longer draw our attention and the colours soften to pastels.

Wall covered in clematis montana

In trying to show the scale of this Clematis montana, I have focused on the house and been distracted by the tree, so the individual flowers become soft, starry blurs. It takes two pictures tell the full story.

Montana clematis

To end with, three pictures taken a decade ago of a terraced house’s rose garden in Wales.

Climbing roses on a terraced house in Wales

I don’t know the names of the roses, other than of the deeper pink one on the arch in the picture above, which is Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’.

Roses on a wall

From the other side of the garden, a salmon-pink rose catches the eye. We start to see how well the climbing rose on the back of the house is flourishing and how evenly and liberally it is covered in flowers. Start to see? Well, yes.

Tall climbing rose

Shared for Tina Schell’s prompt: One Picture Two Ways. Please take a look at her post if you have a spare moment. I’m still marvelling at her first two takes on curly foliage.

36 Replies to “One Photo Two Ways”

  1. Gorgeous, Susan! And I admit the bicycle view is more interesting! That house in Wales…wow! Lovely take on and the choices are almost impossible to make.

    1. I should perhaps have aimed for even more bicycle, from some of the comments, but the more I pulled out, the more extraneous material crept in.

  2. Great post! So many divine shots. It’s interesting, I wasn’t sure at first about the bike shot, but decided yes, it does add more! Love the roses .. that’s some pruning job 🙂

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