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.
5 thoughts on “Chalk Messages for Santa, closer.”
Beautiful!!! Love the rendering, colors and framing. The snow as well!
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.
I wish I could write more with each image. I’m usually hard-pressed for time. Thanks Greg.
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.