I love it when only one person in a photograph is aware of the photographer.
Handheld and taken late at night in (very little) available light, this photograph is not as crisp as I might wish it to be -- but there's something about the dreamy quality of it, and the partial lighting on this girl's face that I still like.
It was taken at the closing party for Asheville's Fringe Festival earlier this year. With her great mix of black & red stripes topped by a black hat with a bright yellow flower on it, she caught my attention. You can see the nose piercing as well as a tiny flash of whatever she has her ear pieced with. A small lamp on the table next to her highlights her strawberry blonde hair.
Although she is alternative and a bit circus in her style, to me she had the aura and lighting of a girl in an old master's painting...
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EstudioChispa (1742) 2013-08-23 8:16
It's an intriguing contradiction -- the softness, the blur, lets the whole scene come through clearly. The story (at least, one possible story) is obvious. We are interrupting a conversation between a young woman and an older one, perhaps her mother. I cannot pinpoint why I surmise that relationship, as we see very little of the other woman, but "something" says she is of a different generation than the subject facing us.
Technically, this is pretty sharp to have been hand-held at 1/4 second, and you (or your camera-partner!) exercised restraint in keeping the ISO at 800 and NOT giving you another stop by kicking up to 1600 (which -- at the cost of additional noise -- would have cut shutter speed in half to 1/8, still long, but not like a quarter second, which is looooong long!).
I'm unsure of where the camera thinks it is focusing -- perhaps as close as the back of the woman's jacket, where the seams look crisper, but (although it is out of the DOF) the yellow accent of the flower falling against the darker background was great serendipity, as it helps define the great arc of light from the lamp, from the flower, across her face, and down her left sleeve. Great composition!
Urs (14078) 2013-08-23 9:02
Available light at its very best, you have a good eye for candid shots and despite quick working, get the settings right. Well done
holmertz (31580) 2013-08-23 11:49
I admire your courage of taking pictures in less than ideal circumstances and showing them here, even when they're not technically perfect. The strength of the composition and amosphere speaks up loud and clear anyway. While not quite a Rembrandt this has a good balance of light and darker areas, a face worth to remember, good colours and a good composition of two persona facing each other.
All the best to you,
daddo (20677) 2013-08-23 16:41
Hi Kristin. There is something emotionally moving in this image- to no small measure due to the lovely light which accentuates the girl's youth and emotional state. The slightly parted lips, the open gaze and the choice of her wardrobe speak to me of someone who is sincere and wants so much to be happy and loved. In a way she is like her flower- open to the world. Although lacking in sharpness, it's an image not lacking in the better aspects of humanity. Best regards. Klaudio.
macondo (18461) 2013-08-24 3:47
Not your run-of-the-mill TE photo, this one, with its heavy concentration on expression and perhaps intimacy. The light on the girl's face in combination with the flower makes a good highlight, and attention is drawn to the girl's eye. The presence of the other person, back turned, is vital to the success of the shot, revealing what the girl has turned her gaze away from in this candid moment. The blurriness doesn't really matter as it's all about the glint in her eye.
goodwill (4879) 2013-08-25 12:24
Just two words for this photograph" Tense Situation".
Seems something highly important as well serious is going between the mother with her back and the daughter facing us. If this is what I interpret is true, then the soft focus here holds good. I would say that the artist knew the seriousness and deliberately incorporated the mood.
and.....eve if the shot was clicked in haste or in the challenging light conditions, the hands that know how to hold the camera for the last thirty years should not commit a BLUNDER.
Serious I am,
annjackman (15655) 2013-08-26 3:31
The slight blur enhances and not detracts from this lovely study and gives the dreamy quality that you refer to. The girl's expression is quite emotional and although she may be glancing at you, it can be interpreted as that she is in deep discussion with the other person. The red colour that dominates is super and the touches of yellow very good indeed.
A very interesting picture - well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
rigoletto (32846) 2013-08-26 11:02
no body art nor graffiti, yet still so good.
sometimes you touch polonaise's soul.
btw, i would crave to see the face in even more blur, maybe with some tearful eyes...
- Copyright: kristin fellows (KristinsCamera) (1991)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-27
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/4 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): eye contact [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-23 5:45