swbkrun wrote in post #18693788
The mailbox, service box, garage, are part of almost every home in our neighborhood. It don’t really find those are a distraction as they are not out of the norm here.
The fact that they exist in your neighborhood doesn't change the fact that they are distractions. If something in your image distracts your viewer's attention from your subject without adding a positive element to the image, it's a distraction. The flowers and the items I mentioned are all distractions. It's up to the photographer to try to eliminate the distractions. You could change your point of view by moving or changing your focal length to eliminate some of these distractions. You could also decrease your DOF to minimize them or perhaps you could have used a flash for your subjects and allowed your background to go darker. There are many options when trying to clean up a background.
There are times when allowing elements in the image to give a sense of place, a sense of scale, to visually balance an image or to give an image the illusion of depth that make those elements acceptable and desired even though they may have little to do with the subject. I don't find that to be the case with the flowers or the things I named.
Sorry if it seems odd to you I only ask about the flowers.
I should be the one apologizing if I gave you more of a critique than you wanted, but since the question was about composition, I thought the entire composition should be considered rather than just the flowers.
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