Flash Facade

By: Gustav Hoiland

May 04 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Temple Lights

Do I like this image? Would I hang it on my wall? Ehhhh. However, I think it’s very interesting, both as a composition experiment and as a further example of what an external flash can do. This is from a series of shots between polo games where the subjects held the flash and essentially directed me, or at least suggested the shot and left it up to me to compose.

Perhaps my biggest like here is the emptiness on the right. There’s a creepiness to it, because within that void is his other eye. Another eye that’s just as intensely open and piercing as the one shown. Also, the space is much larger than that of the other half of his head, which I find a bit discomforting. It’s like we know part of what’s there, but then it just keeps going and… well we really don’t know what’s beyond it.

Moving on, the color of the skin is quite strange. It emerges from the blackness, yet keeps much of the black in it at the border. There’s a hint of deep tan, but beyond that it’s mostly blown out white and then some grays.

Also, notice the illumination of the eyelashes. The pores on the nose. The few long hairs that were lit up into thin curves of light.

Ahhh, polo people.

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