Photo #19 – Will’s Look

As begin to move into the homestretch of this series, I hope that you have enjoyed engaging with these pictures. Missions is not boring, and I hope you have a small taste for the fun and excitement that each trip holds.

Yesterday, we lived vicariously through the eyes of a small child and her new toy. Today, we get a chance to look over the shoulder of one our team members – Will. You might have heard me mention that name before. Liza was Will's interpreter; here's the other half of that dynamic duo.

Canon 5D/2, 16mm, 1/2000 @F2.8, ISO 100

As you can see,Will is holding a water balloon timer. You stick a water balloon in this sphere and then after a pre-determined time it explodes all over the holder.

In this shot, I am peaking over Will's shoulder to get a shot of the kids as they head out towards the area where the water balloon games would be held, when Will turned to see what I was doing. I quickly took the shot, and then we moved on to something else.

What I love about this shot is that Will is completely in focus while the background appears to be moving in a slow motion blur. It's almost a matrix-type feel. Will is perfectly lit by the sun overhead, and once again you see my shadow coming up on Will like a cat.

From a pure post-photograph process, I pushed the clarity a bit on Will, threw in a vignette to draw focus towards Will and pushed the HSL saturation levels for the individual colors to give them a bit of pop, and hit the export button. That's it!

My photography mentor and I were discussing being technically right for photographs. He said that it is good to know how the camera works, but what you cannot teach is “vision” for a photograph. You can be technically great, and still take a lousy photograph, but someone who sees their vision in the lens can make up for some technical deficiencies since those can be learned.

I hope you enjoyed the feeling of cutting loose and having fun today while looking at this photograph. Take time to have some fun in the next week, and then take a picture of it! Drop a link to the picture in the comments!

Tomorrow, we finish out the candid people shots with a look at friendship.

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

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