Saturday, February 18, 2012

Photo of the day: Santa's mad ride

Santa's mad ride by The Bacher Family
Santa's mad ride, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

I love the whimsy and imagination in this piece by artist Chris Bivins, of good old St. Nick aloft on a Canada goose. The very idea of it makes me smile -- who would think of putting Santa on a goose? -- but the execution of that idea is even better, with the look of exhileration -- or astonishment -- or terror -- or all three on Santa's face.

I chose to photograph the piece straight on to give a sense that the goose is flying straight out at you, and because the lighting is so good this way, with hightlights on one side and shadows on the other, almost as it would be in a studio or lit by the full moon. I positioned the piece in front of a dark window, used a shallow depth of field, and aimed the flash away in order to preserve the black background that isolates St. Nick as if he were flying through the night sky.

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