Breaking with Convention

Traditional western photography teaches us to appeal to our cultures left to right sensitivities in our composition. We do this by encouraging the eye into the photo where it is captured by something pleasing. We then work to keep the viewer in the photo, moving around it, pondering it.

I do love breaking with convention. Here our model is instantly blocking our eyes journey into the photo. Not only that she’s looking back off out to our left, encouraging us to go back to where we came from. Does the negative space somehow balance this out, forcing us to get lost in her gaze?

I’ll let you be the judge, and see if you like it as much as I do.

Up close

I love getting pictures of children’s faces and expression up close. Finding a rare moment of tranquility in the frothing buzzing energy of a toddler can reveal a rare and peaceful glimpse into their personality.

Pure Perspective

This photo is of my son at about four months of age. I did some very modest development with Lightroom and Nik’s Viveza to make it ‘pop’ a bit more (see a note on digital darkroom development after the photo).

This photo was published the Photographers@Microsoft Volume 2, book after the jump here and helped raise money for the United Way Giving Campaign of King Country.

Development & the digital “Dark Room”: I shoot  [mostly in Manual] in 100% RAW and work on the undeveloped images in Lightroom to come up with the final product for all of my photos (Except the occasional phone camera/point and shoot). This means I’m working with as much light information as the camera can capture rather than compressing it down into JPEG in camera and loosing much of the dynamic range of info the sensor captures.

RAW is like the ‘negative’ from film days. So when I looked at this photo straight out of the camera I immediately identified there was some opportunity to make it ‘pop’ a little more. The final product is what you see above.