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January 25, 2009

Cub Lake – Freestyle on the Ice

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 05:04

It’s a good thing Rex cried “Uncle” when he did and stopped going on about birds. Otherwise, I would have been forced to post something silly like this to contine with my Cub Lake series. Since he has mended his ways, I can move on to my next post.



  1. The difficulty the birds are finding walking on the ice is well caught. I don’t mind the tilt per se, as it adds to the dynamism of the situation (even shows, perhaps, that the photographer is having difficulty!), but I have the feeling that the tilt to the left is tipped even further by the wingspan of the nearest bird.

    I straightened the photo in PS and found that the reduction of the background and the bringing forward of the birds gave greater immediacy. Tilting the picture the same extent the other way also looked better.

    Comment by John Ellis — January 26, 2009 @ 09:46

  2. Funny — and, whether anyone cares or not, those front three are definitely coots. As John said, “well caught”. Even though I didn’t try it myself — I’d also like to see the image straightened out.

    Comment by Christina — January 28, 2009 @ 04:29

  3. The tilt isn’t important for the main part of the shot, but the horizon in the background does sort of intrude. It is interesting how the plants coming up through the ice create a false horizon that both frames and straightens the main action.

    Comment by Colin — January 28, 2009 @ 13:44

  4. Coot? As in mad as a?

    I had to look up Cry Uncle!

    I don’t think this is as strong as the others in the series. That sloping bank is a major compositional element but it is not really part of the important bit of the picture.

    Comment by Rex — January 30, 2009 @ 22:10

  5. I remember a judge at a club saying to one of my pictures “there is no excuse for non level horizon in the digital age”. I could not beleive what I heard, Winnogrand would laugh.
    Ice and grasses colour contrast works well.
    I don’t feel that this fits the other Cub Lake pictures.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — January 31, 2009 @ 01:00

  6. I’ve just enjoyed looking at Garry Winogrand’s images, he had a good eye!

    I don’t like judges talking about horizons being crooked either when they can have no confidence that the line between earth and sky should be horizontal as the local geography could cause that line to not be horizontal.

    However the interface between sea and sky will always be horizontal and a few degrees of tilt does look odd. So I would want to correct that because it would probably not look intended. If part of the impact of the image was due to a deliberate tilt then suggesting a correction would be wrong.

    I did not see any in Garry’s pictures where there was a sea horizon with a slight slope. I did see some with non vertical verticals but to me it seemed that was part of his compositional tool box. My favourite where the slope was a compositional tool was THIS. The slope emphasises the momentum and motion of the players right to left.

    I also think there is an immediacy in Garry’s pictures and in some way the non vertical verticals are part of that immediacy.

    In this image the line of the bank is prominent, as Colin says it intrudes. I think it would have intruded even if not sloping.

    Sorry for highjacking your image Anita :-)

    Comment by Rex — January 31, 2009 @ 07:45

  7. The sloping horizons play well with the bird up front who, given its pose, is trying its hardest to keep itself and this picture on an even keel. It works. If the grasses through the middle were not all the way across I doubt if I’d have the same opinion as that lone bird up front would not have been strong enough on its own to hold this all level.

    Comment by akikana — January 31, 2009 @ 08:25

  8. I have not seen that Winogrand picture before, the tilt is definitely required and so many legs in all angles, that is where I see this picture happening.
    My sloped picture did have a sea horizon but also had a kite surfer in it, I still think it fit the action.
    And yes apologies from me as well Anita.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — January 31, 2009 @ 11:25

  9. I find that whole background element distracting and would have cropped it out. that brings the birds right up as the subject.
    Captures the sense of skating well, though.

    Comment by doonster — February 1, 2009 @ 16:20

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