Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Photo of the day: Moment of victory

Moment of victory by The Bacher Family
Moment of victory, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Looking through my photographs, it's interesting that, despite my efforts to get all the technical details perfect (perfect framing, level horizon, stopped action), often the ones I like best are those that are imperfect in some way. This photo, for example: my compulsion would be to keep the camera more level, widen the field of view a bit, and avoid the motion blur. Who knows -- if I'd managed all of that, maybe it would have been an even better shot than it is. And yet in spite of its flaws, I really like this shot, perhaps because its imperfections capture something of the spirit of the moment. it's a captured moment in time, a fleeting moment that went by in a blur, a moment so brief I'd have missed it with a blink, a moment that in real life looked just like this photo. And I love the way the ribbon flows backward from the runners toward the upper left corner of the photo.

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