Saturday, November 12, 2011

Photo of the day: The Brockmans

The Brockmans by The Bacher Family
The Brockmans, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Looking back through my recent photos, I was struck by this image. It's not a technically perfect image -- I wish Randy, in the center of the photo, were a little sharper. But it catches my eye for its unusual composition. The extremely shallow depth of field -- the marvelous f/1.4 of my 50mm prime lens -- focuses the attention entirely on Randy's face, framed between the blurred images of Mary Jane and Bill Brockman in the foreground. The lighting also highlights Randy more than the Brockmans, and the catchlight in Randy's eyes completes the image. The eye is inexorably drawn first to Randy, to his expression, and then to the couple in the foreground to see what he's looking at. Only then do you see the intertwined arms, the look of devotion on Mary Jane's face, and fully understand the picture. It's the kind of shot that reminds me that sometimes an unconventionally composed picture can be the most interesting shot of all, and the one that communicates most effectively.

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