Today when I walked to meet my girlfriend for dinner I decided to bring along my camera since the weather had changed from the rainy mess it’s been the past few days to a nice sunny but windy day. I snapped a few shots along the way and then got to the road her dormitory is on and started thinking about my Craft & Vision assignment for this month: create an image with dynamic balance. Even though I’ve been into photography for awhile now, I’m very new to thinking more about composition and how different elements affect how an image feels. I’m still a bit confused about dynamic balance so I hope I’ve done my work right. I still don’t know if this will be the image I submit for my assignment so I will continue to think about and try to shoot images with dynamic balance this month.
I’m pretty happy with this image except for the fact that the man’s face is a bit blurry. I wanted to use diagonal lines to create a sense of movement and also practice panning with my camera for the same reason. I wasn’t so prepared for the shot so that’s why the man isn’t so clear.
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I took this photo the same day I took the one from my last post, “Enter Here”. For this shot, I crouched down behind a wall that had about a two and a half foot space underneath for me to shoot through. I took several photos of the men playing chess and liked this one the best because of the different expressions. The gentleman on the left playing chess seems to be concentrating on his next move while the gentleman on the right seems to be thinking about how he can counter attack. The gentleman in the back right, well I just can’t help but wonder what he’s thinking about. And then there’s my favorite, the gentleman in the brown vest in the middle. He seems so happy and is smiling in all the pictures I took. I just love his expression.
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