that seeing the contact print of a picture is always something extremely
interesting, so I will share a few images allowing me at the same time
to talk about my selection process. These images were taken inMarch 2010, at Meiji Jingu (Tokyo, Japan).
series of images weren’t planned as the subjects came from behind me
and simply walked by. Seeing the selection process, also allows an
insight into the shooting process as well.
Frame #1 :
viewer is crammed by the subject, which isn’t seen by the best angle,
making the image look like it was somewhat unintended, which admitedly
it was, since the miko-san had just entered my line of sight.
Frame #2 :
framing but the steps in the foreground and on the left side, as well
as the roof are distracting. The direction the Miko are walking doesn’t
give much depth and makes the lack of lead-room disturbing as well.
Frame #3 :
framing, the lead-room issue is not a problem anymore since their
trajectory brings depth. Although the step is still a bit distracting
and there is
another subject in the background. Also, the movement of the
shrine-maidens is taken at a bad moment ; in the middle of a step.
Frame #4 : the selected shot (processed)
Zoomed in to take out the person in the background and further decrease
the presence of the step in the foreground. The lead-room is not as good as the previous one, butthe movement was caught at the
right time. The fabric, the length of the stride, the synchronicity
between the two Miko-san is most aesthetically pleasing in this shot.
Frame #5 :
The feeling of solitude disappears as the frame is filled with other
people. It would have been better without anyone else. Also, being at
full zoom flattens perspectives, putting more distance between me and
the subject, making it feel like I was afraid to come closer. This image
tells something else, the window in which I could make a good picture
was already closed.