Sunday, May 1, 2011

Photo of the day: The agony of success


The agony of success, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
David's first track meet of the season was Friday, and this was my favorite photo. I love the look on Ron's face as he strains toward the finish line -- he was well ahead of his nearest competition, but that didn't stop him from trying to get the best time he possibly could.

The original version of this photo was slightly different, of course. I had fun playing with it in photoshop, first carefully selecting Ron and the ground around his feet and blurring the rest, as if I'd used a wider aperture in the original photo than, in fact, I did. That helped to bring the focus on the runner, but he still blended in with the background more than I liked. So, I converted the background to black and white. Voila! The photo I was looking for. This captures all of the drama in Ron's posture, while keeping the attention riveted on him where it belongs instead of on the busy, distracting background.

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