Stills V3

March 17, 2009

Snow Day

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 03:14



  1. more kudos for shooting in the ‘bad’ weather. I can’t help thinking the tree and the person in the grey merge a bit too much for my liking – but that’s only because there is that big open space between the trees that they’d really stand out in. The little touches of orange and purple really draw the eye in this mostly white landscape

    Comment by Gordon — March 17, 2009 @ 14:34

  2. I suppose that in purist terms Gordon is right about where the figures are placed but that doesn’t prevent me finding them well sized: in other words, they are positioned to point up the size of the landscape and the smallness of people in physical terms. In any event, the purple toboggan brings the person in grey back into play quite well. The low cloud, again in grey, is a great foil for the snow-laden trees.

    Picturesque but also real.

    Comment by John Ellis — March 18, 2009 @ 07:47

  3. I don’t think that you’ve made the most of this, which probably comes down to the placement of the people. Scale good. Position less good.

    Comment by Colin — March 18, 2009 @ 17:33

  4. Colin, where would be a better position?

    Would more colourful clothing help with giving the folk more impact.

    That gap seems to have more significance in the image for me than the folk.

    Comment by Rex — March 18, 2009 @ 21:27

  5. Rex: if we postulate the perfect and effortless editing machine, I’d experiment with the figures a) walking into the frame, b) breaking that mid frame horizon in the gap, or c) not breaking the mid frame horizon at all. I wouldn’t change their colour because I’d not be looking for impact. Something more like ‘harmony’ is the word I’d use.

    Comment by Colin — March 19, 2009 @ 06:15

  6. What I had hope to do was catch the two at the top. Instead, I was trying to navigate the snow and missed the moment. Next year, I will have proper snow boots, in case that helps.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — March 20, 2009 @ 01:54

  7. As part of the discussion I quickly manipulated Anita’s images and with her permission I have made them available.

    Version a)

    Version b)

    Version c)

    I look forward to the discussion.

    Comment by Rex — March 20, 2009 @ 06:31

  8. More haste less speed.

    I cannot delete this and the link is wrong, sorry.

    I have to go to work.


    Comment by Rex — March 20, 2009 @ 06:45

  9. I fixed the links. It is really worth checking out the composition options that Rex has produced.

    (I think Rex was setting me a challenge. Just how much of the site can I edit on the phone….)

    Comment by Colin — March 20, 2009 @ 16:39

  10. The figures in option c haven’t been sized correctly so it is difficult to judge whether a closer to shot is better: my intuition tells me that any option further away, roughly where Anita has them is better. My preferred option would be to have them very slightly to the left of where they currently are and as I wasn’t ‘bovvered’ (sorry US, UK in-joke) before the discussion started, I am very happy where Anita has them.

    Comment by John Ellis — March 20, 2009 @ 18:48

  11. This is a very attractive scene even without the figures. In fact, I might prefer it that way, or at least remove the bright purple. As it is, I agree with Colin that the scale of them is good, and with John on where their position would likely work best.

    Rex’s options, though interesting to see, don’t work for me. Version a) figures too large and close, b) too much in the center of that lovely gap, and c) not scaled correctly, but too far down the hill!

    Comment by Christina — March 22, 2009 @ 02:31

  12. I don’t mind where the people are, they give the scene a sense of scale.

    Again I am drawn to the detail of the snow lined branches, their twists and turns and contrast with the background.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — March 22, 2009 @ 23:33

  13. Rex’s choices are not working for me either. I think, given the layout of the scene, a shot a couple of steps prior would have worked for me. To isolate the front walker from that tree yet keep them close enough to not be an addition to the scene rather than the main event.

    Comment by akikana — March 23, 2009 @ 12:27

  14. b is certainly more in keeping with what my intuition would have me shoot

    Comment by Gordon — March 23, 2009 @ 14:27

  15. but that’s mostly because I think of people first and the rest of the shot as the ‘set’ or scenery in support of the people in the picture

    Comment by Gordon — March 23, 2009 @ 14:28

  16. ‘I was trying to navigate the snow and missed the moment’

    Unless I’m misreading the terrain, this might be more the case of a moment that never materialized. Sometimes the geometry just doesn’t happen.

    That interaction between tree tops and atmosphere is lovely.

    Comment by matt — March 24, 2009 @ 11:04

  17. I’m another who’d have preferred the figures just to the left – separate grey jacket from the tree. Nice setting, good poses in the figures, colours work OK but as everyone’s said wrong place for the people to really work well.

    Comment by doonster — March 24, 2009 @ 20:09

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