Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Two More from the Inauguration

Waterbury, Connecticut

Waterbury, Connecticut

2 comments:

lyle said...

love the way space is compressed here. it looks like the child is either a cut-out like O. or a really, really small person in the same plane.....

Carl said...

Thanks, Lyle. The other thing is, for all the careful and deliberate large camera work I've done, there's still a special thrill in pulling off a totally spontaneous, no-time-to-think grab shot successfully.

I hadn't specifically thought about the flat rendering of the kid on the landing, but you're right that it makes the space really ambiguous, especially with the unusual angle--the camera is pointed down about 45°.

It's partly the light, too. I used a small wireless flash bounced (but with a catchlight panel) off the ceiling and walls, held way up high in my left hand so it skipped over the foreground figures without burning them out, but gave that flat delineation to the little boy.