June 1, 2009 – Water Lily

Water Lily in the Washington Park Arboretum

Monday, June 1, 2009.

A long time ago when I was bored at work, I whipped together this thing that I called Rate Dave’s Photos. The idea was to make something like hotornot.com, where people could rate my pictures. I of course have my own opinions about what’s a good picture and what’s not, but it’s pretty remarkable to see the pictures that other people think are cool. But, without some way of getting direct feedback, it’s really tough to know. (I could look at which pages people were looking at the most on davefry.net, but that’s not quite the same thing.) So, I threw it together, and it’s been pretty cool to see the ratings that come in. (Although, not enough people go through the trouble, but that’s not the point today.)

However, sometimes I’ll toss up a picture that I think is flat-out fantastic, and the ratings won’t quite go the way I think they should. I mean, I’m sure it happens for a lot of reasons. Here’s a few: pictures of flowers tend to get rated lower overall than other pics, the highest rated pictures tend to be the ones that have an immediate “wow”, rather than the ones that develop more slowly, and of course then there’s the fact that my taste could just plain suck.

Whatever the reason, this is one of the pictures that, in my opinion, should be rated among the best pictures on the site, but isn’t. It’s one of the pictures that I’m most proud of, out of the thousands of pictures I’ve taken over the years. (Yes, thousands. You could even say “hundreds of thousands”. On my photojournal alone – http://davefry.net/journal , I’m closing in on 50,000 pictures posted online, and that’s even considering that I’m a whole year behind, AND that I filter out a lot of them before they even see the light of day) But, for the 29 people that have rated it so far, I guess it’s just not what they’re looking for.

I stumbled across this little water lily in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle one sunny summer day a few years back. It took a few shots before I settled on this particular composition. I could tell there was a great picture in there somewhere, with the perfectly still water and the jumble of lily pads and flowers, but it took a little while of playing around with different vantage points and layouts before I found the one I wanted. But, I like the result. So, there it is.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/mjjnxp

I couldn’t find the exact spot, but this is close enough.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 200. Focal length: 183mm.

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