I spend hours looking at reference photos hoping to fall in love. I decided it would be interesting to look at how to pick a photo. These are pictures that I took of a cactus blooming in my backyard. I wanted to paint the details of the inside.
This picture is at an angle from above which doesn’t draw you in but it lets you see how little this guy is.
This one lets you see the details but there isn’t enough light contrast to be interesting. This is the most common issue I find is that there is not enough light contrast. Also two flowers doesn’t feel balanced.
This one has weird focus on the back flower but I do like the sky behind.
Great light and details.
Good contrast with the rock shadowOMG there’s a grasshopper on it. But I think we can get rid of it. (click to see it)
This would be the one!