Friday, May 25, 2012

Photo of the day: Run with it.

Run with it. by The Bacher Family
Run with it., a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

From David's last track meet of the season yesterday.

The action at a race passes so quickly that the best you can do is to compose a picture in your mind, frame the image as it speeds toward you, fire off half a dozen shots, and hope that one of them captures the moment you want. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't; and sometimes the camera captures a moment you weren't even looking for. Such was the case here.

My intention was to catch the handoff of the baton. But I instantly fell in love with this frame showing the moment just after the handoff. I've done nothing to edit the composition or crop of the image, only corrected the exposure slightly. And I never would have intentionally framed the picture this way, with the runner almost off the edge of the image and his eyes cropped anonymously off the top, with only the hand of the other runner visible on the other side. And yet, put together this way, it works. It takes the focus of the image away from the individuals and onto the act itself.

The caption is David's, who came up with it as soon as he saw the image.

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