Stills V3

April 13, 2013

at Llangrannog

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 16:44
a cold but sunny Easter Monday

a cold but sunny Easter Monday


  1. Graphically this seems to depend on the angle of the net’s handle and the little girl caught mid jump. But, there is more here to enjoy – both adults have lost their heads and the children take centre stage – as you would expect at the seaside – yet the adults remain a background presence. The boy’s purposeful walk and the little girl’s jump for joy add to the sense of place.

    I wonder did you crop this to the final composition or is this the full frame? If the latter, how much is the exact framing intentional? As I shoot rangefinder mostly, exact framing is something of an art and a matter of luck – I take what I’m given more often than not and am very often pleased and surprised at what that is. I wonder where this fits into the spectrum of intent, gift and post production?

    Comment by sojournerphoto — April 13, 2013 @ 23:04

  2. Thanks Mike. As shot. I can’t say it was deliberate as we had an extended family there too (these people are ‘others’!) and I was photographing family in the main but with an eye out for opportunistic ‘street’ shots, especially as it was a very strange Easter: freezing cold but sunny, such that people had coats, scarves, hats and gloves on but eating ice-creams! Since moving to smaller cameras after the E-1, framing has been a huge problem and I think that the effect of some nearly five years doing street with an inadequate visual tool has honed a different sort of instinct! At least, that is how I like to think of it. For this I had the EVF (VF-2) on my PEN and although it is pretty good, catching something like this quickly requires that ‘gift’ comes into it!

    Comment by zavaell — April 14, 2013 @ 08:53

  3. PS I have never shot with an R/F but have always considered it one of the big ‘what ifs’ of my life.

    Comment by zavaell — April 14, 2013 @ 08:57

    • If you get chance to shoot with a rangefinder you might enjoy it. You have to let go of absolute control over framing, but you quickly learn, and you become a bit more fluid I think. Obviously if it suits, but I keep going back and rarely miss the slr these days. If you’re ever in the north let me know.


      Comment by sojournerphoto — April 14, 2013 @ 16:20

  4. We have trips to Aberdeen coming up as of today with a family member setting up there so maybe we shall be passing through!!

    Comment by zavaell — April 15, 2013 @ 18:28

    • John, let me know if you’re passing near Harrogate and we can catch up and let you lose with an rf.


      Comment by sojournerphoto — April 28, 2013 @ 21:27

  5. Mmm, difficult one this (for me). Presented in an anonymous way I may have simply written it off as the offering from a rapid firing (novice) snapper and perhaps offered suggestions about, amongst other things, suitable points of view when photographing small children.

    But this is from you John and while trying my hardest to guess your thinking here, I almost feel if I’m trying to find where you’ve hidden your new clothes.

    Yes there is an extremely strong diagonal, grabbing my head and twisting it so that my eyes are thrust towards the opposite corner but they are left wondering where the decapitated head went to.

    Non of this is meant as a criticism John, and I hope I wont offend if I ask for an explanation.

    As I returned to the image, to post the above, I started to see an image of a little girl, bounded by a choice of two frames, with a strong connecting link through the bottom left hand corner of said frames. Am I trying too hard now John?

    Comment by cgcooke — April 21, 2013 @ 22:07

    • One of my favourite images is from Michael Hoefner HERE.
      Michael entered this into our Golden Jubilee Exhibition and at a club meeting I joked that if a new member walked in with this image you would gently discuss exposure, shutter speed and panning. It is the difference between intent and happenstance, I am sure this is what Michael intended, it wasn’t an accident.

      Comment by Rex — April 23, 2013 @ 19:13

      • One of Michael’s best.

        Comment by zavaell — April 24, 2013 @ 22:11

  6. I like the way the crop concentrates the eye on the two children and almost makes the adults irrelevant. I can invent my own symbolism. There is magic in the child’s leap, the fishing net and the shadows, they all create a beautiful composition.

    Comment by Rex — April 22, 2013 @ 20:13

  7. Thanks Chris – well maybe I am still a novice! It is very much up to the viewer, hopefully without too much expectation as to how a particular subject might be presented. I think the headless adults work but accept that one could shoot from a different pov. For me what works is the balance between the ‘eye’ created in the sand by the movement of the water in the top half and the shadow pattern in the bottom half and, yes, the girl is sort of held in the geometry of it. In hindsight, I am glad I got the shot from this angle because it avoids getting the horizon and any sky.

    I do feel on firmer ground with Rex’s comment too!

    Comment by zavaell — April 23, 2013 @ 06:54

  8. The children, net, shadows, strong colors, and the positions of all these — as well as the girl’s happy levitation and the boy’s stride make the adults and their missing heads irrelevant for me, also. That said, I doubt I would have been happy with the position of the headless person upper right had I taken this image — but that could well indicate that I am more the novice!

    Comment by Christina — April 29, 2013 @ 03:53

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