The Calm Before the Polo

By: Gustav Hoiland

May 29 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:38mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


Ahhh, the pleasure of polo under a coming sunset. The mallets have been shuffled up into teams of three and the excitement is building – ever see the movie Gladiator? Think of the scene where the poor gladiators are waiting behind the plank wooden doors where the sunlight keeps getting momentarily blocked by the man swinging the giant metal ball on the chain. OK it’s not quite that tense, and nobody lost bladder control here at the court before this game.

I like the four segmented horizontal areas here – asphalt, boards, fence and sky. They all have a different feel and together they create a nice structure in which to place subjects. Those four subjects are all standing together in a somewhat equal arrangement.

Also the red line on the ground pulls you from the photographer to them in a quick eye journey from bottom right to center center. I suppose that’s the only thing really going on in the foreground, though it does help to give some perspective on the whole matter.

Nice (center right).

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