Back from Vermont - July 17, 2005

So I'm back from Vermont. I'd love to be able to say that I took all sorts of great pictures that I'm ready to put up here. As it happens, I did take a bunch of great pictures, but they're all of my nephew Justin. And honestly, as much as I love them: he's my nephew. So I wasn't really expecting to have anything that would appeal to anyone but a member of my own family. But this one surprised me. Like all the hundred or so others I shot, this one is really just a snapshot and completely unposed. Hence the less than perfect focus. But I'm really compelled by it.


This is a wonderful shot. I wonder if you considered cropping the lawn to the right. It would have resulted in a squareish format, but may have greater visual impact. To my eye, the empty grass area is like a vacuum that sucks my eyes there. Just a thought!

Posted by: Bob on July 18, 2005 09:08 AM

I see what you're getting at. But actually, for me I'd probably go the other direction. What makes this photo powerful to me is mother and child looking forward into...?

If this were a shot I were to compose ahead of time, I might actually add a little more of the kind of expanse on the left too. And have mother and child smaller in the overall frame.

Posted by: Tom on July 18, 2005 01:38 PM

Nice, works well. It's the element of mystery, what are they looking at, that adds to it.

Posted by: Jeremy on September 10, 2005 07:31 PM