Friday, August 12, 2011

Background to the rescue?

Have you ever tried to figure out what great photos have in common? moth6
Sorry, but I don’t have a representative collection to share here and let you decide. So you will have to put up with my ideas, at least until there is sufficient feedback to this post to set me straight.
moth4In looking through several albums of photos that are considered good either by their creators or others, it was easy for me to see that great photos are strongly oriented on their subject, have no extraneous details, that there is a strong visual design, snappy, often exaggerated, colors, and a simple but supportive moth8background. The background sets off but supports the subject.
I came across a rather “blah” photo when looking through my most recent “catch” and I said to myself, this might work on a different background.
moth2No sooner said than done.
And here, dear reader, is where you come in. Alongside is the photo on different solid backgrounds. The original is included, it should not take you but a few seconds to identify it.
moth7Which, in your opinion, works best?
Why do you think so?
Would you hang any of these on a wall in your room?
Do any of the solid backgrounds improve the photo?
moth9Can you think of some other background that would work better?
And lastly, but maybe most importantly, can a different background really make a difference?
Please let me know your thoughts, either with a comment on this post or any other means of communicating. I would love to hear from you.
© 2011 Ludwig Keck


  1. My personal preference is the black background, however the person viewing your work over my shoulder thinks the red background offers the most eye appeal. That said,"she" is always right.

    A suggestion given the subject of the photo, would be a natural floral environment surrounded by greenery.

  2. Ludwig, my preference is the white background and possibly as a second choice the black. Somehow, the different colors of red, green yellow, red, blue just don't work well (for me). Maybe it's just the subject matter that seems wrong with these other choices.

  3. Thank you, George, and thanks to the dear person behind you. I took her pick to "Moth Balls" - enjoy!

    Thank you, Beatrice, you have chosen the original. There is something to be said for photographing the world as it is and not remaking it to the way we would like it to be.