Sunday, August 6, 2006
This is another photo from Hawaii, and it's one of my all-time favorites. We were at a park, and there was a group of Hawaiian teenagers diving off of a small cliff into shallow-seeming water with rocks all around. All but one of them dove down into the dangerous waters, except this guy. He stood there, a couple inches from the edge, contemplating the jump. Eventually, he did dive down, and as far as I could tell, nobody died due to any kind of skull-rock impact.
I love this photo for several reasons... first of all, the framing, and the fact that he was leaning forward suggest motion—it pulls you in. There's a great contrast between his skin color and the greys and greens of the surrounding landscape. The sky's not perfect—it was white skies all day—but I still love the way that it turned out.
The framing was actually mostly accidental. I didn't want the fact that they were being photographed to change the way that they were acting, so I was subtle about it. I didn't hold the camera up to my face, and only gave the LCD screen a sideways glance. My old camera was silent, so that helped a lot. I took several shots from different angles, hoping that one would turn out well. And exactly one did.
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