Up Close or At a Distance ?

December 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Childhood On the Ferry What's the best way to compose a photograph while you  are actually taking it?

Is it to stand up real close , right in front of a subject  (and possibly intimidate them ?) , or should you  give the person some "breathing room" and walk backwards a few steps ?

The answer is, it depends on what you're looking for !

If you look at the picture of the young girl , shown here, I went intentionally close with a Nikon Nikkor 55mm Macro lens to get details on her face. With this close-up Macro lens, you can see sharp details, like the air bubbles on the sides of her lips after finishing an ice cream cone.

What did I achieve by "being in the face" of the subject ? I think the viewer feels more involved in the childhood universe of the girl as a result.

If you look at the picture taken of Lower Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry, you can see that I composed the photograph to see things "at a distance" . By including both the man in the foreground  and the overall cityscape, the atmosphere of the scene comes through.

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