Sunday, July 10, 2016
Foster City Fourth
#1 confirmed that the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings would produce the darkened blue sky I wanted.
#2 reminded me to photograph the "driver" when his arm wasn't blocking his face.
#3 shows that the drooping flag was not very interesting.
#4 shows the benefits of a little brother getting into the back seat, but without the flag, it still falls short.
#5 reminded me that TTL isn't perfect, especially with the Fuji.
#7 showed me that if I could get the timing right, a gust of wind would open the flag to make an interesting backdrop. And in this case, cutting off the edge of the flag was a distraction.
#8 another TTL letdown, and the flag wasn't fully opened.
#9 - 11 is me shooting when my driver's arm was lower and there was a bit of wind.
#12 shows all the stars in alignment. The flag is at full width, the flash is behaving, and Little Brother was at least looking forward.
About Faces: I don't believe it's essential that the photographer and the subjects make eye contact. I tell my students that the difference between a posed photo and a candid is where your subjects are looking. Here, they're at least facing the same direction, which gives the image some purpose. Incidentally, this shot wasn't posed in any way, as they pretty much ignored me throughout the session.
Epilogue: With the photo safely in the queue, I can view it with a more critical eye. The lighting ratio appears to have reached the mythical 1:1, meaning that the shadows and the highlights are exposed to an equal extent, an impossibility when you consider the additive nature of light. If you examine the driver carefully, you can barely see the shadow line on his face (it follows the his left cheek line). I'll be the first to say that this photo isn't high art, but the visual elements I was trying to capture are all there.
Here Today: The image appeared on Page 2 of the July 7 edition. This spot is normally reserved for a "shot of the day" from Reuters, I guess one could say that my photo was the best photograph in the world on July 6 when the edition officially went to press.Heh heh..
Posted by Tom Jung Photography at 12:10 PM