Courtside Legs

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 07 2010

Category: bike polo, lensbaby

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Camera:NIKON D80

Spectator's Shins

There’s an ample amount of disdain among photographers for the shoot-like-crazy in order to get a couple good shots method of creating work (as opposed to the carefully compose and make each capture precious routine). Does my shooting of 6000 single photos, many in sequences of up to 100 images, for ultimate use in video format cheapen the individual frames I can pull from it? This is one such frame. I think the original sequence went from her golden shoelaces in sharp focus, up the legs and then into blurred oblivion. But along the way this happened.

What initially struck me here was my unfamiliarity with the overall composition. Throwing out color, contrast, etc… the arrangement of the objects alone somehow stood out to me as being attention grabbing and off the beaten path (e.g. figures against a seamless). Maybe this much attention to this aspect is a bit unwarranted or somehow missing the point. I’m not sure.

Notice the opposites going on in the background – top wall is dark while ground is light, and Man Center wears a light top while riding a black bottom. Sure, it doesn’t match up perfectly, but I won’t let that get me down. The white highlighted line on the further leg creates a nice division between the background blur and the relative sharpness of the leg, which can only really be seen in the few prickles of leg hair that catch the light.

If ya’ll would like to see this photo displayed near an elevator, just go to Manhattan this Thursday around 1pm up on 28th street somewhere. It’s a single frame in a video installation as part of a fashion show for the fine people at Number Lab who cater to the “sophisticated side of the athletic man, and vice versa.”

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