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. You are making me think! And not the first time! I’ve spent some minutes here staring at these, scrolling up and down and then down and up. It’s good thinking. I have too much to say about everything so I will just say that the two views at the very top revealed something to me: I preferred the first one because, to my eye, there was a curve implied in the part of the path just beyond my vision, but the full view of the path showed straight. I wanted that curve. There is so much to think about with visuals. I am still thinking — thank you!

    1. I’m on a similar wavelength. The flowers on the other side of the doorway seem to be leaning over eagerly as if to say, ‘Who is that who is coming?’
      It is a peculiarly quiet garden, with the only clamour coming from the flowers.

  2. Oh I love how the progression of the climbing roses. At first I only noticed the blooms but then my attention was diverted to the House. Cleverly done Susan.
    Who can better interpret this theme , none other than nature itself.

  3. Excellent post! With some, sets, I have a clear favorite. With others, I’m not so sure. But anyone who takes pictures should be thinking about all the points you have raised.

    1. It’s not too bad if I only have two or three to choose from, but less fun if there are ten variations on a theme, which does happen if I get excited about something I see, as I would have been for the bicycle shot.

  4. Just stunning. All of them 😍 📸 And yes, I think more of the bike showing is better. I almost wanna see more of the bike! Thanks so much for creating such inspirational visions on a Tuesday!! xo

  5. Well don’t ask me to choose, they are all perfect examples of how the photographer can manipulate a scene to show to the viewer. Well done. And something for us all to bear in mind when composing a shot. What is our intention?

  6. Wonderful post Susan – you’ve really shown how impactful one’s position and focus can dramatically change an image. I couldn’t help but think (perfectionist that I am) how much maintenance that wall of roses would create for the homeowner. Do you think they eat into the trellis over time??? It sure is gorgeous!

    1. The roses are trained on wires. You can just about make them out in the right hand side of the last shot. Someone imagined a rose-covered house, then set out to make it real.

  7. Fun post, Susan. You do a great job of showing a scene from different angles, giving us the full range of scope. Lots of good ones to get lost in! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Eliza. It was the perfect topic to take advantage of my indecision. I could almost do a year of these, but better I spare you all that!

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