Into the Boards

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jul 30 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Helmets On

I would say this image is striking. I hadn’t thought of that as a pun until I thought it. While the strike could be seen as the physical fist-to-headpiece type, this is bike polo (and that doesn’t happen. Besides, Man Left’s body position is all wrong for that). But striking in the sense that there’s some kind of heightened drama aflutter.

Starting with the details, notice the ray of shadow that comes from the top left onto the white helmeted player. No heavenlight hath shineth here, rather it’s some subtle anti-sun-beam that has manifested itself.

Perhaps this image works because Man Left’s body is A. at the apex of flexedness, and B. very red/warm compared to the rest of the frame, thus standing out even more. Also it appears to be the only nearly motion-blur-free piece of the puzzle (eyes are attracted to sharp focus in an otherwise blurry image).

Notice how Man Left’s head has risen above the tree line, alone in the sky. See the crisp line on the top of the board in the foreground as it from kind of blurry bottomish right to a crisply defined sliver at bottom left. Also his gold rimmed glasses. For some reason those stand out to me within this mess.

And the game went on.

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