The all important Human Element!
For those of you who know me well on TE, its no secret that in about 90% of my photos i do not include people. In fact, i go out of my way to NOT include people in my cityscapes and architecture scenes.
However, as a photographer i'm learning and growing, and i'm seeing more and more the benefit of that human element.
Here, i waited and waited and waited for the Museum hall to be void of people walking by just so i could capture this artist, a young woman drawing the sculpture you see in the fg. My girlfriend was waiting for me to get the shot for about 5 min...i just stood here with the camera to my face for that perfect quiet moment.
Hope you like it.
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snunney (100816) 2012-01-26 6:45
The girl with her sketch pad makes all the difference and contributes much to the success of the composition. You have framed the shot perfectly and managed the light reasonably well. The exhibits are nicely dotted round the frame resulting in a pleasingly balanced composition. Good colours and sharpness.
tyro (25716) 2012-01-26 6:59
Now this one does indeed have the "human element", even although only one human being is actually alive - the others are all made of marble!
What a remarkably patient girlfriend you have - my wife would have been marching away or making a scene or shouting abuse at me if I'd waited for more than a few seconds to take a picture.
Did you have your tripod set up for all that time, just waiting for the right moment? If so, I'm surprised that tripods are allowed in places such as this - here they are often banned because of "health and safety" reasons - apparently someone once upon a time fell over one.
The composition here is stunning - the heads of the three main sculptures making a fine diagonal downwards to the right and forming a strong triangle with the bases of two of the sculptures. The girl artist sits almost at the apex of that triangle and our eyes are immediately drawn to her. The wide ornate frieze on the wall above makes a fine upper frame to the picture and the plain wall makes a very fine background.
Lovely soft colours, fabulous lighting and stunning sharpness.
holmertz (54337) 2012-01-26 7:38
Fine sculptures, superb light, a well balanced composition, but that woman really makes the picture.
axiotea (21651) 2012-01-26 8:19
The title fits the image & note perfectly :)
It took you sometimes before getting what you wanted, and you've got a fine result! it was a good idea to wait there were no more people in the hall except for the young "artist". She is well positioned among the marble sculptures and adds life into the scene. The colour tones are really nice...
Silvio1953 (145703) 2012-01-26 8:33
Ciao Craig, sure person is well included in this lovely composition, great view of lovely museum hall with beautiful statues, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
lousat (92936) 2012-01-26 8:53
Hi Craig,really a beautiful perspective,i like it! There is a magic light inside this pic,and magnificent pueces of art too,nice idea and very professional realisation.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-01-26 9:36
Sometimes a human element is a useful tool in a picture such giving it a sense of proportion or to humanize an object. This is a good example of an artist taking a picture of an artist at work. Great pov and dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-01-26 11:27
scene che spesso capita di osservare nei musei con questo mix tra statue e visitatori.
Mi piace la resa della luce che scende omogenea sulla scena,
faletiz (10377) 2012-01-26 12:16
... and you've got a great result. In effect the presence of the girl who paints is the element that gives character to this image and your long stakeout paid off. Like you, I too for a long time I have carefully excluded the human presence, but now I am discovering the beauty and vitality of the "street" photography.
Royaldevon (39766) 2012-01-26 12:17
I would say, for good photography, patience is a must!
I remember going out with a photographer whom I really admired; I was ready to take a shot the minute that I felt I had the best composition; she would get the angle then wait, and wait, until the sun created the best light. She was an inspiration!
Extra people in this intimate shot would have spoilt the mood, distracted from the artist; you were right to wait.
You have been careful in your positioning of the figures. They lead around the shot and give a good sense of perspective. The inclusion of the ceiling relief was a master stroke. The shot loses some of its punch without it.
My warm regards,
nikkitta (17066) 2012-01-26 14:22
You waited and capture a perfect moment, all seems to be quiet and the girl adds the human element that is very interesting to watch
The light is a mix of true and artificial if I am nor wrong?
Great sharpness, TFS
jjcordier (79297) 2012-01-26 22:50
Claude t'a traumatisé, tu t'imposes à chaque fois la présence humaine -) Il faut dire que, là, c'est vraiment bienvenu et c'est ce qui fait le plus de cette belle photo impeccablement composée.
CLODO (34720) 2012-01-27 0:48
the person pictures require more patience than the architectural views, and here you have been rewarded to get what you had in your mind.
The framing is excellent with the triangle of the 3 statues, the diagonal line at the top, the colors are matching. The human presence is also well located and enhanced by the cloth colors.
This human presence is essential, without it, the picture will be less less interesting.
Now you can decrease to 85% your architectural pictures!
Welcome to the club of the humanist photography!
dkmurphys (60071) 2012-01-27 0:50
Nice scene. I like the presence of the girl while is studying the great classical art. Nice mood.
sacimar (26641) 2012-01-27 6:46
yeah,lately you are including people in your images.. I like this little change, I have to learn to do the same...hehe, good picture of the museum, I like the composition with the statues and the painter, well seen and captured,
Have a nice weekend,
carlosmarin (11954) 2012-01-27 10:00
Each one we have our tastes. My I like to include people in the images when these extend or complement the information of the place, and the life of the same one. Not when they spoil the photo.
This photo of the Museum is very well complemented by the girl who draws the sculptures.
Perfect setting and light.
patdeph (35748) 2012-01-27 11:02
yes, you must have a lot of patience ,if you want to do a good picture with a human element.You have to wait to have only the character that is interesting you, the best pose, the best expression,and sometimes, it's a little bit long.And here, you did it perfectly,nothing is disturbing, the framing is superb,and I like the light very much.The sobriety of this picture is a strong point to make it splendid.
mesutilgim (95546) 2012-01-27 12:31
In fact it's a Nr 1 in your gallery ! Stillife and a painter full in her element.
Very good pov and perfect layut.
TFS and best regards
bukitgolfb301 (42732) 2012-01-28 1:27
Hi my dear Craig
Sorry for my late reaction as very busy weekday.
Different subject as you, but this is very tatseful shot. Perfect light control indeed to maintain the calm and quiet mood and atmosphere. Sharpness and clear color are also remarkable as usual. Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a good weekend!
Takero from so cold Tokyo
papera (14204) 2012-01-29 4:52
your note reminded me of the many hours I spent waiting for people to leave so that I could take my picture... until one day I realized that pure form had exhausted its fascination and that I was missing the real content.
the thing is that when you start getting closer to the human element you end up sucked in - by all things human :)
I like this photo because it conveys a sense of quiet, silence, concentration (both the artist's and yours)- while displaying a stunningly clear museum interior, which is something that in many museums in Europe is no longer possible, as photos are often forbidden.
What I like about photography is the fact that it requires both extreme patience (like in this case, to wait for the right moment to capture the shot) and ultra-fast reflexes (in order to freeze the moment) and the balance between the two makes a photo rise above the others.
have a good week,
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-02-05 1:59
interesting the human element you decided to include in the picture, good light and colors. very nice also the p.o.v. with these beautiful marble statue looking in different directions.
jmdias (65119) 2012-02-06 15:40
it was a smart idea to let the personage here, there are a visual dialogue betrween here and the sculpture. perfect job with light and sharpness.
pedram_abazari (971) 2012-02-10 21:39
عکس زیبای است از مجسمه های قدیمی آفرین .
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- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69195)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 17-70mm F4
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-26 6:30