It's fun to watch how children react to cartoon characters who have come to life. And while the fear of clowns is well documented, one has to stop and think about what goes through a child's mind when he or she encounters a gigantic, unblinking humanoid such as our friend Mickey. Without the benefit of facial expressions, there are no visual cues as to how such an encounter should be framed.
For Those Technically Inclined: 1/250 of a second, F 4.0, ISO 1600, flash white balance. Lighting was primarily from an overhead skylight, with a slight contribution from some incandescent accent lights. An on-camera SB-800 with its diffusion dome was mounted on each of my two working cameras. The power was set to 1/32, just enough to produce a catch light. TTL metering is problematic when the ISO goes above 800, so the tiny bit of light doesn't actually fill the shadows. It just gives a tiny bit of twinkle to the eyes.
Selecting the photo for submission became a game of inches.
- Photo #1: Who is that Pretty Girl with the child?
- Photo #2: The photo says "Disney", but nothing "says" Disney.
- Photo #3: Maybe next time. Not enough detail in the cell phone.
- Photo #4: Couldn't find the child after the photo was taken.
- Photo #5: Ditto.
- Photo #6: Nice Mickey, but Little Girl #2 seems to be looking at his hands.
- Photo #7: Good eye contact, but not enough Mickey showing.
- Photo #8: Good Mickey, good child expression. Fairly close to following the Rule of Thirds. This is the photo I submitted.
- Photo #9: Pretty Girl with child. Belle isn't as easily recognizable as Mickey.
- Photo #10: Pretty Girl with Pretty Girl signing book. Again, Belle not as recognizable as Mickey.Also, Belle is too close to the right edge, the result of poor framing when the shot was made.
Good call, Susan!