Our image today comes from the portfolio of Glenn Springer. Glenn was kind enough to offer this up for review from The Imaging Forum community (TIF). You can find out more about Glenn on his website. As thanks for his submission, Glenn will also receive a free combo pack of the 49 Photo Tips Vols I and II for his generosity (not that he needs it)! Thanks Glenn!
#1 â€“ What rule of composition were used and why?
Believe it or not, in looking at the overall composition, my instinct tells me that the Rule of Thirds is in use here. Look at the feet and where they are positioned in the frame. Look at the legs and you can see how the forward leg almost perfectly lines up with the right third. The horizon is tilted a bit, but that also is roughly going across the bottom third. Lots of evidence here to support the contention that the ROT is in use.
#2 Are any rules of composition broken?
Focus! Traditionally, we say that you should be keeping your subject in focus, but here is a great
example where the focused compositional approach is eschewed and it works! The motion blur in the runner really evokes the sense of motion. You still know it’s a runner, and the blurred viewers in the background still give a sense of depth. It could be a marathon race, or just a single jogger, but you know that someone is running.
#3 What camera/lens combo was used?
In pulling Glenn’s EXIF data, this shot was taken with a Nikon D300 and a 12-24mm lens. His shot specs were 1/15th Tv, ISO 100, and at f20. His aperture was set wide open at 12mm.
- #4 What lighting was used?
The EXIF data from the image reports a flash did not fire, which makes sense given the shutter speed – so here, again, it’s sufficient to say that ambient lighting conditions were used.
#5 How was it processed?
This was taken straight from the camera (or for an acronym (soof – straight out of camera), so there has been no post production on the image.
#6 Did You Like It?
Even though I didn’t get a chance to see how Glenn would process this, I did like the “raw” nature of the photo. The brightness of the running shoes against the neutral concrete I think works in this image. The sense of motion is obviously very compelling here, and what drew me to the image to begin with (Glenn shared several with me to choose from for review…)
Based on the motion of not only the runner, but also the background (see how the bokeh was moving a bit too?), it seems like Glenn was trying to move with the runner and that resulted in movement all over. I really like the sense of motion, but the jitteriness of the background ultimately brings more tension to the image than I personally would like.
I do like the composition a lot though, the motion, the color, and the composition overall work great for me. Thanks Glenn for sharing!
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