Power Lines Continued…

By: Gustav Hoiland

Aug 17 2010

Category: street, Uncategorized

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

Grey Skies Over MIT

Welcome to yesterday’s post, sans the glam of sunset! Not only is it clear skies, it’s clear skies retouched to a rich, glorious gray. The anti-sunset, so to speak… translation: I found another power line related image in my to-blog folder of photos.

This photo has plenty of dead space (“negative space” if you want to be fancy), something I’ve come to really appreciate as of late. I’m not entirely sure how it impacts the initial visual punch of an image – something I’m constantly studying – but I suspect if done correctly it can be massively beneficial.

Here I’m a bit worried that the whole thing is unbalanced, as if it’s all tipping one way or the other. But interestingly, everything looks as though it’s falling right, yet the heaviest visual piece we’ve got is this brick of a building anchoring the entire composition on the left. Thinking differently about that, I actually quite like that there’s this imbalance going on.

In full confession, one of my ultimate goals (just remembered from a year back or so) is to have a photo that causes people to fall. To lose their footing. Certainly not through any horrific shock value. Rather, the perfect stew of madness that will cause total absorbtion and inability to realize reality persists despite the mesmerific enchantment of said photograph. And then you come to on the ground, which may be heavily padded for liability reasons.

This is not that photo.

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