Sunday, August 13, 2006

Mother & Child - St Thomas Posted by Picasa


Blogger John St. Pierre said...

Hi Dan! I think that you should sell your other camera when it comes back. You have taken some very good photos with the little one you are using now. You'd never know that it's a compact by the results that your getting.
I like this picture. I suspect that there is a message here! I'm not sure if your intended message is the same as the one I am getting. What is your interpretation?

12:17 p.m.  
Blogger Dan Tippin said...

Hi John,

I have had fun challenging myself to capture images working within the limitations of a small point and shoot camera. Though it has been an interesting exercise there it is no substitute for the creative control my SLR gives me. In this last couple of weeks I have seen many more images I could have captured if I had a longer lens or better macro capability. The biggest thing I miss is control over depth of field!
I composed this shot from a low angle shooting upward from the child’s perspective. To a child their mother is the center of their universe! From the perspective that I shot this image the mother towers over everything, the buildings in the background help to accentuate this perception. I liked the catch light in the child’s face looking up towards his mother with out stretched arms. The mother is reaching down toward the child and the two are sharing an intimate moment and ignoring the world around them.
If I had my SLR I would have controlled the depth of field to blur the background somewhat. That would have put more emphasis on the mother and child but still maintain the towering over of the buildings feeling. I know I could still do this in Photoshop but I was too lazy to take the time to do that. I also find the area between the mother’s arms and her body distracting. Again something that could be fixed in Photoshop if I was going to print this image!

6:22 a.m.  
Blogger John St. Pierre said...

Hi Dan,
It's interesting how we don't always appreciate what we have until we loose it (in your case, your camera).
Anyways, I have a different interpretation of this photo. I am assuming that the building in the background is St. Thomas City Hall, otherwise, my interpretation is wrong. I see it as a photo of a child looking for support from his/her parent (maybe in an underprivelaged, single parent situation), but the government (in the form of government bureacricies) are coming between them, causing distress. The straight harsh lines of the building contrast with the soft curving lines of the mother and child. A strange interretation, right?

10:53 a.m.  
Blogger Dan Tippin said...

Hi John,

You are right; the building is the City Hall. Your interpretation works well with the composition! I am sure if you asked a dozen people for their interpretation of the image you would a variety of answers. I am just happy that it made you pause and think about the image.


4:26 p.m.  
Anonymous Judy said...

Hi Dan: Great viewpoint on this shot. That particular statue has been photographed many times, but I've never seen it shot from that angle. Great eye! Judy R.

8:33 p.m.  

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