The first glance is not always the story

So here is a street photo with a story…

The glance

The glance

The photo above could have been taken anywhere. It shows a man and a woman exchanging a glance – perhaps there is a chemistry there.

But it didn’t start out this way. Sometimes when you take a photo it can be worth looking closely at the whole photo, and occasionally you will find that the drama is in the margins of the photo.

What the crop leaves out is what makes this the story of an interaction between two people at a distance. Perhaps an older man looking at an attractive young woman. The reality is of course a little more prosaic. Let’s see the original photo:

Festival morris dancers

Festival morris dancers

The woman walked out from a side alley at the festival and was attracted by the morris side performing a dance further up the street. The man coincidentally walked out and had yet to hear the commotion caused by the dancers, so he was looking down the street.

By cropping down to the right hand side the couple were brought more centrally into the picture – almost on the thirds. By rendering it as a black and white image, it became a timeless story about a man and a woman. Street photography is always about the story – indeed all photography is arguably about the story. Sometimes it isn’t always the obvious one ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you seen an alternative story in one of your photos? Why not leave a comment below and share your story ๐Ÿ™‚

Some light reading – levitation photography

Have you ever seen those photos of people, apparently weightless, floating in mid-air as though someone had turned off the gravity button?

A little light reading

A little light reading

It’s easier than it looks.

Camera, tripod, smart phone with sound trigger software (ioShutterPro – from Enlight) and a remote trigger connected to the smart phone. Oh, and a subject willing to fly… For some reason Sharon didn’t want to do this, so I set it up to take my own photo.

How it’s done:
You want a fast shutter speed so use flash if indoors, or a fast setting if outdoors. In this case I was indoors and so I set the camera up on the tripod.

Switch to manual focus and focus on the spot where the jump will take place. I set up a second tripod and focussed on that, before moving it out of the way.

Set up the camera’s flash and set up the phone’s ioShutterPro software to use the sound trigger

Take up position – perhaps on a small step just out of camera sight, and jump, while nonchalantly reading a book. At the same instant make a sound to trigger the photo. It takes a bit of practice but soon you can coordinate it all together – for quite a decent effect ๐Ÿ™‚

Golden hour is special

Twice a day – at Dawn andย Dusk there is a golden hour. It is a time when the sun is low, the shadows are long and the light has a special golden quality to it

Trees at dawn

Winter trees at Dawn

In Winter the trees display traceries of delicate branches

Pathway to the Sun

Pathway to the Sun

At that time the path seems to lead directly to the Sun