Monday, November 1, 2010

Photo of the Day: "Put Your Face in It"

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70. ISO 200, 46mm, f8, 1/500 sec. 0EV, auto WB, matrix, standard, SB-800 slow-sync fill. PP: Crop, recovery, light clarity, vibrance, blacks.

I shot this while I was on a kick with the 18-70, a swell, small, light, sharp lens. Note how sharp this photo is compared to the one I shared yesterday.

Now, the technicals work, but does the image? I don't think so. I suspect that your eye will be drawn to the bow on the far left, looking at the watermelon eater center. That would be OK, if he weren't so far to the left, and if he had some sunlight on his face. If your eye sticks with the boy in the center, with the shadows and highlighting from the sunlight, then maybe this image isn't as bad as I think.

Also, this is what fill flash should accomplish. Without flash, the sunlight would have been too much brighter than everything else. The flash lightens the shadows and makes the image look more organic.

1 comment:

Kathie Leung said...

Even before I read your comments and thoughts, I was drawn to exactly what you thought I wouldn't be: the kid scarfing the melon. Cropping the picture helped immensely. Sure, I could see where a flash might have helped, but I like that while I'm drawn to the dive-bomb eatin' kid, I'm also taking in everything around him - the curly haired, wire-framed glasses wearing kid, the mom in the shades, the ogling kid next to him and the one trying to claim his prize on the other side. One of my more favorite shots of yours.