Chalk Messages for Santa, closer.

Photographically speaking, I live for these moments:

The out-of-focus man in the background, in his positioning, is mirroring our foreground chalk messenger.

In actuality, he was reaching down to pick up a fallen football.

As I saw the scene unfold, I shifted myself slightly to the left, in an attempt to “fill” the photographic frame by expanding the spacing between the two subjects.  This further enhanced the image by creating a more pleasing composition.

(In the past, I’ve discussed the importance of filling the photographic frame — see here, here, and here.)

The actual mirroring of his posture, though he was engaged in a completely different activity from our little chalk messenger, is the sort of happenstance occurrence that a photography geek like myself is thrilled to capture.

A second later, he stood.  The moment had passed.

—Peter.

Chalk messages for Santa, closer

5 thoughts on “Chalk Messages for Santa, closer.

  1. John G. says:

    Beautiful!!! Love the rendering, colors and framing. The snow as well!

  2. greg g49 says:

    Feels like lessons in seeing… or the potter taking you back from the vase to the clay on the wheel. I love when you do this.

  3. Adam Spencer says:

    Echoing Greg, I love these insights, it helps to explain why what we sometimes see live, doesn’t come accross in the image I capture.

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