Stills V3

March 10, 2012

A glance behind

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:44



  1. Given you can’t see what’s piquing his interest (and he’s probably struggling initially too) it’s ironic how camoflagued he isn’t. His partner is though. The strong path through the picture joins up a surprising amount of blue objects.

    Comment by akikana — March 12, 2012 @ 04:42

  2. A view down an old English lane that might attract a camera at any time – cobblestones and all! As Akikana says, the blues defines the line of the lane but the red pot with the dead Christmas tree might upset the neighbours’ idea of their community colour scheme! The man’s pink face picks up the colour of the roofs and the trees are providing differing shades of green. Ultimately this does come to be a picture about the relationship between colours. If the man had worn a black balaclava he might have passed for a lamp post! You could probably have straightened it a touch without losing anything.

    Where is this?

    Comment by zavaell — March 12, 2012 @ 07:54

  3. I too like the path and the blue elements here Mike. Were you on a shoot with other people? I presume that he is also taking a picture.

    Comment by Cem — March 15, 2012 @ 23:08

  4. My initial thought was that the chap was very overweight but it was the confusion of the chap behind.

    I assume the verticals diverging is because the lens was pointing down. Putting the lamppost vertical doubles the effect on the buildings. I tend not to get too bothered by the effect until someone points it out :-)

    Comment by Rex — March 18, 2012 @ 21:28

  5. An interesting effect whereby the blues draw the eye through the frame and yet the focus of the photographer draws the eye back to the upper left. It seems the natural instinct to look at something someone else is is stronger than the rest of the view.

    Comment by doonster — March 21, 2012 @ 12:01

  6. Thanks all.

    The picture is taken looking down the Gallon Steps in Knaresbrough, next door to Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Knaresbrough has a delightful atmosphere of faded grandeur! I always think I should spend a few early mornings there with a tripod, but I tend to just enjoy wandering around – too close to home perhaps? I’m not actually sure what the chap was looking to photograph – his wife was waiting patiently and just intruded into the frame from behind him. We weren’t together (Cem) – they wandered down and around the steps as we walked up to buy Naomi an icecream on an afternoon stroll while Hannah played tennis. The M9 is easy enough to carry round with a 50 on it, so often goes along.

    John, you are right that it can be slightly straightened without losing anything. I’m a bit like Rex though and am not very sensitive to a little bit of tilt – I seem to tilt about 0.2 degrees in every frame – though I know some people are and I should really try to remember. The passageway is very photogenic, but this frame was one that I preferred when I returned to it later in comparison to my expectations at the time. The blues and greens leading away seemed to lend it a coherence that the chap complements nicely. My first instict in making the picture was, I confess, more gentle amusement at the very obvious way he was carrying himself, and I just looked for an angle that would frame him nicely. I was fortunate that he saw something interesting at the moment he did.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 26, 2012 @ 23:06

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