PENALTY

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 28 2010

Category: bike polo

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Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Court Building

I’m finally back in Boston for my last day here after a raucous polo tournament (ESPI V) weekend in New York. There were 48 teams from all over the US, some Canadians and even a healthy dose of Frenchmen. My team played hard and made it to the octa-finals? before being knocked out, though we were awarded 5th place overall based on some interpretation of statistics gathered throughout the weekend. Almost in the 90th percentile!

Here we have Paul, the purported brains and, clearly, brawn, of the whole operation constructing a penalty box with Amanda. I like the incompleteness of the figures here, contrasted against the blazing white boards cutting across the frame. They’re great leading lines, pulling the eye in from the left straight into calf-town. Of course they continue on, but I suspect you’ll take a moment to try to figure out that leg.

I also quite enjoy the three dimensionality of this image. The boards pass through his legs and cover enough distance to come appear smaller at their ends than up front. The shadow to the left of Leg Right really helps to isolate it and make it pop out, while Leg Left appears off in the distance with much less visible detail.

The shadows are also working great for me. I largely blackened them out, creating some strange shapes that are fraught with jagged edges.

Finally, check out Paul’s shorts! Somehow they tie it all together for me, though I can’t definitively say why.

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