Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.


This photograph was taken during my recent trip to Cuyahoga National Park.  Because of recent torrential rains, our focus was drawn away from the water, which was colored a cocoa brown from mud and silt that had run into the river and eroded from its shore.  Not very photogenic! While hiking along the shore, I was drawn to a dogwood tree that seemed to be in the final stages of blooming.  My goal was to make an image based on the idea of simplicity.  Using a fairly wide aperture, I selectively focused on the center of just one flower.  At first, I was concerned that the flower was not perfect, showing early stages of wilting on one of it's petals, but then I decided that this actually added to its appeal.

I liked the image in color, but a toned black and white conversion seemed to better convey the mood I was looking for:


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