ESPI Revisited

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 02 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Two of France’s finest, taking a break in between play at New York’s ESPI5 tournament. The iced coffee coverage continues (see yesterday’s post).

Man Right, Luis, runs a fine blog over at showcasing his own explorations of photography among other things. Today he’s got an excellent capture of yours truly in action, camera in hand at the sideboards of the courts. My outfit all weekend (shorts over bibs, no shirt) is well represented there. Check it out at

As far as this here image is concerned, the first thing I notice is that the camera is at eye level with the subjects, meaning I’m all crouched down just like them. The whole perspective just feels very low and that, I believe, is crucial here. Somehow I think it makes the image more intimate.

Next, that background is really working for me. The brick and grey behind Marc, the white sky above Luis, the blurred links of the fence. I suppose the foreground and the two subjects’ surroundings all help to make everything look very dense here. Bags strewn about, bike handlebars, all black and earthy in tone.


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