The artist by: © Leonard Aschenbrand
I was intrigued by the artist's "capture" of this image..........I was trying to convey the "beauty of the moment".
Lens: Prime: Fixed focal l
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
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I have an MA in Travel and Social Documentary Photography and have worked for more than 20 years as a fine art photo...
In a way it is a strange image as it captures someone in action but the part of the image that really draws the attention is the eyes which is not the reality that has been photographed. It is a picture within a picture which has an odd effect. So very intriguing.
Photography is considered by many to be an art form in itself and I think it is difficult to take pictures of other art forms however I think in spite of that the shot has worked out quite well as you have moved in close.
There is a nice feeling of immediacy in this photo as you have moved in close to the subject and eliminated the edges of the artist's sketchbook (or the edges of the paper). On my screen I can't see the left edge of the paper but if it is where I imagine it to be then I think it might have been better if you had positioned the camera a bit more to the right so that we had less white paper on the left and a bit more of the hand on the right.
Use of camera,
Using a prime lens was good as it gives a feeling of actually being there rather than looking from a distance (with a zoom lens) and avoids the distortion of a wide-angle lens. The shutter speed is good as it freezes the motion of the hand.
F8 is ok but the hand is an interesting part of the composition and I would have liked more detail so a greater depth-of-field which included everything in the scene would have been better I think.
Nice even lighting, and you avoided flash which works well.
I think the focus is on the charcoal which is nice as it emphasises the action taking place.
How to improve your photo
It is important to determine what the subject is. In this shot it is both the artist and the picture so I think having the hand in full focus would have been interesting. Make sure you are really 100 per cent clear about what the subject is before pressing the shutter release.
I don't think this belongs to the genre of Fine Art because you are taking a photo of a fine art work, not actually making the fine art yourself. This is better placed as documentary photography as you are recording an action taking place.
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I have an MA in Travel and Social Documentary Photography and have worked for more than 20 years as a fine art photographer. I have held many solo exhibitions and have exhibited widely, from Glasgow to Beijing. I also have many years teaching experience and I always encourage my students to ext...
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