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December 28, 2010

Christmas Fair

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 23:14

At the school Christmas Fair

Set can be seen here



  1. The clarity with which the boy is shown and his expression take this a long way. The supporting man and woman either side of him help in that. Given that this is a Christmas Fair, the middle background seems par for the course showing some public space such as a school or town/village hall but I get less out of the edges: perhaps because the people seem to be in a line, which makes it feel stangely formal (as if they were pairing up for a line dance), and maybe because the two people nearest us attract too much attention but are out of the dof. Also, across the picture, behind the boy, there is a bit of a disconnect as a result of the white space as if the people and the objects to the right had nothing to do with each other.

    Comment by zavaell — December 30, 2010 @ 19:43

  2. The boy and people in focus have fine expression and interest — The girl in stripes I like!

    I’m less keen on the unfocused foreground parts — the man and girl seem to want their own photo. They are too far out to add much but distraction to this one. I also agree with John about the area behind the boy.

    Comment by Christina — December 31, 2010 @ 05:29

  3. I have no problem with choice of focus here – in fact it works better for me. My problem is that you have so many conversations going on I feel a little sorry for the girl in stripes as she has no one to talk to. It needs people in the space behind the centre boy and that may also help John with his white space. Plenty to like in this (the depth is enhanced through the choice of focus) so a shame it doesn’t quite all come together for me: but it gets real real close!

    Comment by akikana — January 3, 2011 @ 08:10

  4. I looked at the set (hadn’t seen the link earlier) and liked the totality of the shots very much. My favourite is the first one: the two women with saucepans and the bread in front of them. The problems I had with the one you have posted here are reduced quite a bit when seen in the context of the whole event, although the way Christina puts it is still relevant. My favourite remains the one I mentioned.

    Comment by zavaell — January 3, 2011 @ 08:14

  5. Everyone seems to be talking to someone, pairing up for a line dance or a verbal joist.
    The selective focus works fine for me, i see enough to know what is going on, it helps me have a feeling that this is a long line of a similar pattern going on, the photographer also being a part of it.
    Thought this was great when i first saw it and i still do.

    Comment by rhoehne — January 3, 2011 @ 10:19

  6. I enjoyed the series and felt this conveyed the feeling of hubbub, confusion and activity of this type of school sale well.

    It was noticeable the number of people clutching or admiring their booty.

    The DoF under these circumstances is quite acceptable and help concentrate attention on the subject whilst giving us the environment.

    Comment by Rex — January 3, 2011 @ 17:33

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