Eight things that make this shot work…
- It’s not one shot. I shot 5 vertical frames and stitched, giving myself a slightly wider aspect ratio, and letting me get closer to the subject.
- I used VERY dramatic black white, taking full advantage of all the wonderful geometry.
- I used the shadows to frame Marlette in several different ways.
- I had her sit with her feet and knees apart…while this is rather un-ladylike, the confidence to sit this way makes the character stronger. It also feels slightly “naughty”.
- She occupies her entire space, demonstrating control. And her hands on the rails are relaxed…this is a power position but the relaxed hands show that power comes easily to her.
- I made sure I had strong diagonals. The repeating patterns strengthen the composition.
- She’s at the two-thirds point.
- Having her close her eyes puts her into her own world, the photographer ceases to be there.
Sony a6000, Sigma 30mm f1.4
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