Brooklyn, New York, US
I love the photo, it is truly a wonderful composition and makes me think of something Henri Cartier-Bresson might have done. But our digital world of today has made me very skeptical when viewing things. I get the feeling the person and the swan taking the feed were both added to the scene. I could be wrong but when I enlarge the image I see noise around the figure and swan head; and no where else in the image.
To all that don't think it's so great, I bet you don't have anything better.
Feb 05 13 03:27 pm Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
Composition? Unless I could crop it to have the blank space bottom weighted, I wouldn't have used it.
Feb 05 13 03:31 pm Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
It's nice but the contrast twixt light and dark makes me really want the dividing line to be straight up and down.
Edit: maybe if it was rotated .25 degree CCW ...
Feb 05 13 03:32 pm Link
Tampa, Florida, US
Kent Art Photography wrote:
That's the most stereotypical thing I've ever heard in my entire life.
Feb 05 13 03:39 pm Link
Tampa, Florida, US
CDP Photo wrote:
Nuh unh. What are we in 5th grade?
Feb 05 13 03:42 pm Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
I'd call it a fun picture very nicely done but well short of greatness.
Feb 05 13 03:47 pm Link
Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Michael Pandolfo wrote:
Feb 05 13 03:56 pm Link
Oakland, New Jersey, US
Feb 05 13 04:01 pm Link
Fairfax, Virginia, US
Beautiful shot. Thanks for sharing.
Feb 07 13 03:14 am Link
Tucson, Arizona, US
it is simple genius in vision
and just as fascinating that you chose to post it Nikki......
sadly, very very few photographers give any thought to compostition at all
and do not understand it or recognise it
Feb 07 13 04:04 am Link
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
I think it's great.
It's far harder to see this type of shot to shoot it than it is to knock it afterwards.
Feb 07 13 04:09 am Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rick OBanion Photo wrote:
Please don't feed the perception that it is winter in Canada all year long
Feb 07 13 04:18 am Link
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Île-de-France, France
Aaron Lewis Photography wrote:
I think the same. The main line isn't even parallel to the picture border. The composition is cool but I don't feel much when watching this photograph
Feb 07 13 04:47 am Link
Belmont, California, US
Valenten Photography wrote:
On the other hand, I feel a great deal when looking at it. It makes me feel wonderfully lonely.
Feb 07 13 10:12 am Link
Atherton, England, United Kingdom
That is really amazing!
Feb 08 13 06:45 am Link
St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
I think it's a fantastically composed shot. Not only is it the black and white contrast, but it also has the contrast of the mass of swans active in the water versus one lone person standing on barren snow. Kinda bleak on the human side, but given how I've been lately, I can dig it.
Azimuth Arts wrote:
Of course it's not winter all year long, here. We have August 14th, too!
Feb 08 13 07:11 am Link
Huntsville, Alabama, US
Composite or not it's a very cool shot. If I was walking by this shot posted large on the wall I would say WOW. Then put on my photographer cap an pick it apart as we all do. But I would remember always the WOW.
Feb 08 13 07:41 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
It'a a cool shot and all, but certainly not compositionally speaking
Cool shot? Yes, absolutely.
Good composition? No. Not at all. But it is a cool shot.
Feb 08 13 07:44 am Link
New York, New York, US
For those who think it's not a composite, you're missing what's composited.
Picture the entire scene as is, but without the swans and ducks. That's how the shot was framed on a tripod. Then multiple shots of a couple of swans and ducks were composited to make the group and ensure they were in the right places.
Feb 11 13 12:37 am Link
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Thanks for sharing. It's a great shot.
Feb 11 13 01:42 am Link
Fort Collins, Colorado, US
Beautiful photo on a number of levels. Wish I'd done it.
Feb 12 13 06:18 am Link
San Diego, California, US
Beautiful photo! Thanks for posting.
MC Photo wrote:
Is it for sure a composite? (I'm not arguing, just asking.) Is there a link to the individual frames or anything somewhere? Because if it IS a composite, then I don't think much of the "photo" at all.
Feb 12 13 07:44 am Link
Imperial, California, US
Haha!:-)) That shot is so cool!! Not a composite at all!! The simplicity of the shot makes it even more amazing!:-)
Hasn't anyone ever fed the ducks at a pond in a park before????
Feb 12 13 07:55 am Link
Martinez, California, US
beautiful black and white!
Feb 12 13 09:14 am Link
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Azimuth Arts wrote:
Feb 12 13 01:01 pm Link
Buffalo, New York, US
This is a really well composed shot, if the photographer even composed it at all or just saw an opportunity that happened in nature, shot it, and there it is. I don't want to take away from it, it's gorgeous.
At the same time look at painters, illustrators, animators. Every element they put in (or don't) is consciously added. Just look at this: http://www10.big.or.jp/~tuesugi/ (illustration link on the bottom) This is what composition is all about. The pic above looks in the same vein.
Feb 12 13 04:25 pm Link