Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photo of the Day: Point of view

Point of view, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I've photographed David playing the trumpet before: looking across the room at him, standing in front of him with the bell of the trumpet pointing toward the camera. This time I wanted something a little different, so this time I stood behind him looking over his shoulder and shot from his own point of view. I really like the result! I intentionally used a wide aperture and narrow depth of field to focus attention on the reflective bell, and so that the hands in the foreground would be blurred. My best images, though I was only half aware of it at the time I took the pictures, were shot with the dark piano in the background. Beyond those factors, I like this image best among the set because you can see more of the brass circle of the bell; in some of my other attempts, it's partially hidden behind David's hands. (I also like the raised fingers on the keys, which gives this image a sense of activity that other photos, with the fingers pressed down the keys, lack). I do debate whether it would be better to have more of David's head visible in the foreground; see for example this picture, or this one. All things considered this one is my favorite!

Here's another photo that I really love from the same set, a very different picture but a nice "portrait" of my son the musician.

Trumpeter, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

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