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The Human Element

February 12, 2010

It’s typical to set up an architectural interior shot and then wait patiently (or even impatiently) for people to clear the scene allowing for a pristine shot. Sometimes though including the human element can add a certain something that elevates the shot another notch. This is a case where as I stood waiting I realized that the last person walking through my shot might just improve my shot. As anyone who is familiar with Henri Cartier-Bresson knows, it’s all about the decisive moment. Pushing the shutter button at just the right time to capture her in mid-stride and just past the center of the frame worked out well in my opinion. The human element in this case adds some dynamic interest to an otherwise static (but still nice) architectural interior shot.

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  1. Kathleen permalink
    February 12, 2010 1:06 pm

    Jim, this is an amazing photo of the rotunda; especially, using the wooden pillars to frame the photo; capturing the girl in stride; and the lighting. Excellent!!

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