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Contact Sheet (Two Kids)

14 September, 2008 (09:12)

contact sheet

Here’s one of those examples where I never did quite get “the shot” that I had in mind, but it gives you some idea of how I was going about it.  I suppose that I was hoping that both kids would be turned to face me at the same time, and that the two nannies would get closer together and maybe something magical would happen, at least in terms of symmetry… expressions… something.

People kept walking into the shot.  The kids were squirming this way and that.  And nothing really did fall into place.  Even if it had, I’m not sure it would have been a great shot, but it’s a good example of what goes on when you are trying to make something happen.

Most of my better shots - are just quick snaps with maybe one or two lesser shots around them.

I suspect that most good photographers are a lot like prospectors.  They know that 90% of the time they are going to return empty-handed.  But when they make that one great strike, it makes the rest of the failures worthwhile.


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Comment from Patrikc
Time: September 14, 2008, 1:32 pm

I like the comparison and similarities you draw between prospectors and photographers. Even in the studio I’m constantly tweaking a light to get that little bit more, and like you state the results of the tweaking quite often are not worth the effort. Sometimes its hard to draw the line and know it’s “good enough,” but then there are those times that the little lighting/composition tweak raises the shot from the mundane to something special. The “high” I hit from that is amazing and that’s were the addict takes over, I’m always working and tweaking to have that “high” again.

Comment from Scott Fillmer
Time: September 14, 2008, 9:42 pm

I like the sequence, especially shown as you did to make the point that the shot didn’t materialize, as many times it never does come together.

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