March 9: San Francisco Mint Commemorative Coin: The event was the minting of a new coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the the United States Park Service. Creating this composite was something of a last minute dodge, as I was having difficulty getting my subject to orient the half-dollar properly. I thought that I might be able to do a close-up of the coin with my subject out of focus and in the background, but the opportunity never presented itself. Instead, I shot for a reasonably good expression, and made a closeup of the coin in a static display. I then layered the two in Photoshop Elements. I tried to make it obvious that the photo was a composite. It ran the next day, without comment.
medallion (that's what it's called) and suitable facial lighting.
June 17: Citizenship Ceremony At The San Mateo Library:We had a citizenship ceremony at the San Mateo Main Library, and the Journal had sent a reporter to do a story on this young mother. After taking the oath, her daughter stepped up to give her mom a kiss. I was working with a 10-24mm F 4.0 on a Fuji X-T1. When using a wide angle lens, you’re going to get a lot of background, which in this case helps to add excitement of the image.
Since I had the attention of both of my subjects, I asked the girl to “Give Mommy another kiss”. That she did, and Mom smiled and looked directly at me. I made the shot and now had two good suitable shots to choose from. I liked this second shot better, even though it didn’t meet my “candid criteria”: If the subject looks away from the camera, it’s a candid photograph; otherwise it’s a posed photo. Besides, it was a sweet smile. I submitted the full frame so that my Editors could crop the image if they chose. Since the shot was illustrating a story, it would automatically run on the front page.
The e-mail that followed was a bit of a surprise. My editor loved the people in the background making selfies and the crowd behind my subjects lining up to photograph some another new citizen. At first I thought the shot lacked any event context. But my Editor saw the emotional context, something I hadn’t thought of, let alone noticed.
Fun year. 2017 will be better.
*Camera held high overhead without any way to preview the image. Point and Shoot in the pure form. Also called "spray and pray".