Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Lion Door Knocker #1

Standing Guard

When I was in Siena, Italy earlier this year, this door made me stop in my tracks. Something about the rosy colour coupled with the texture of the wood and brass, just caught my breath.
Lion Door Knocker close-up
I was so happy when I got home and saw these photos in their full glory. My illness means constant body tremors, dizziness and messed-up eyesight. I regularly cannot tell whether what is on the LCD screen is any good or not – making taking photographs an excruciatingly slow process of guesswork. Trust me; I returned from that trip with A LOT of blurred photos.

But these beauties make my heart sing. These are the original unedited versions. Somehow, I managed to capture a little of the magic I saw that day; and I really wanted to share them just as they were.

SO TELL ME: Do you have a preference between the shots? And if so, does the orientation (portrait or landscape) play some role in your choice?
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9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

  1. I like the second (portrait), but it might have to do more with the general composition. The off center focal point is nice and I like that you only included part of the lion in that shot. The whole second shot is tighter. You could have achieved those things in landscape, it would be interesting to see that shot.

    1. Hello Kamala,

      I am rather pleased about how well the second photo turned out considering that I headbutted the door a couple of times trying to keep my balance whilst taking the shot. 🙂

      I agree that it is more difficult to get such a tight frame on the landscape format. I’ve been thinking about experimenting with panoramic dimensions to see if this would help improve framing with similar shots in future.

      Any suggestions you may have on the matter would be warmly received.

  2. I love these photos. I have always loved those doorknockers. You managed to take an amazing photo! It must be frustrating but hey! At least things are digital now and it doesn’t cost a motza to take forty blurry pics to get one good one. hehe. Back in the day you pressed that button and hoped for the best! I prefer the portrait one but I love it when a picture is cropped in really close like that. I always crop my photos of flowers. one day I will do a photography course and learn how to do it all properly. Thanks for sharing these lovely photographs. xo

    1. Digital cameras have definitely been a saving grace for me, strawbs.

      I too would like to take a photography class, but in the meantime, I have found a wonderful online resource: http://digital-photography-school.com/

      Their articles break things down simply and clearly and the writers give practical advice that I can usually implement to great effect. Check them out and let me know how you get on.

    1. Thank you, mithriluna. I can’t choose between them either – though this is probably due to my excitement at being able to capture the shots in the first place.

  3. I think that I actually like the second one better. Although the shot doesn’t make it apparent exactly what the object is, it makes it mysterious, makes the object have more of a personality.

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