Friday, October 26, 2007

World In Balance

On a photo tour between the Louvre and Palais Royale we came across this silent spectacle, as one is wont to do, albeit accompanied by haunting music and entrancing movement. I was trying to demonstrate the importance of controlling the depth of field, and this street artist illustrated it nicely.

If the columns behind had been more in focus the attention wouldn't have been as strongly centred on the performer.

In retrospect, I think maybe I should have straightened up the pillars in the background, which are slightly off-vertical, but maybe if I don't mention it you won't notice...

I LOVE the strong diagonals in this shot. You know I'm a major diagonals fan, don't you? Just look at the crossed arms and delicate fingers like a ballet dancer, countered by the opposing diagonal between the two round elements - the glass ball and the face, both glowing eerily blue.

By slamming in close (I mean by cropping close to the subject) you invite the edge of the picture to become an important compositional element, giving the hand, ball and face something to interact with.

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2 comments:

smilnsigh said...

Lovely photo. But I'm not sure if I like all the explanation. ,-) I'm new at all this, and I suppose I should be glad to learn. Then there's the part of me which thinks... Just let me enjoy, and don't explain too much. {I have nerve, don't I?}

What comes to mind is eating a delicious meal. My daughter-in-law and I are very happy that our husbands like to cook. I am not totally happy with their habit of telling us each and every ingredient in the dish. I want to just enjoy the taste, without all the info. ,-)

I suppose this is not a proper comment. I know... I should just be glad for being able to learn details... And I am grateful!

Mari-Nanci
Photos-City-Mine

Paris Set Me Free said...

Hi Mari-Nanci, and thanks for your comment!

Of course you're absolutely right to want to simply appreciate an image for what it says to you visually, and not worry about what the creator is rambling on about!

As my blog is to help people take better photos or to understand the photo-taking process and possibilities better I include both personal observations and technical and artistic considerations to assist my readers and give them some ideas for their own photos.

But of course you're extremely welcome to not read the blah-blah at all (I challenge you not to though!!!) and simply look at the pic and let it speak to you. Indeed, that's the purest way to appreciate a non-verbal expression of creativity.

Thanks for visiting! Come back and look (and maybe read... ;-) soon :-)

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