Why it works

Amateur Photographer - - Technique Street Photography -

Here’s a shot I took when I was work­ing at Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher. I’ve picked it mainly be­cause I think it works, but also be­cause it was shot on quite a ba­sic model: the Ko­dak EasyShare P880 bridge cam­era. It ap­peals to me be­cause of its sim­plic­ity, the graphic el­e­ments of the en­vi­ron­ment and the im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous sub­ject. It also shows an ev­ery­day scene in a man­ner we may not have seen be­fore, which helps to cre­ate im­pact and a pos­i­tive first im­pres­sion.

The shot is of some­one walk­ing across the Mil­len­nium Bridge in Lon­don – which doesn’t sound very in­ter­est­ing in its own right. The fact it was a bright Novem­ber morn­ing adds a layer of frost on the glass and a strong back­light to cre­ate clear shad­ows against an il­lu­mi­nated panel. I stud­ied the shapes and looked for echoes and con­trasts in the sur­round­ing area, and used the cor­ner of the Tate Mod­ern to form a col­lec­tion of tri­an­gles and hard edges that work well with the shapes and lines in the mid­dle of the frame. The man stands out partly be­cause he is the only nat­u­ral form in a frame filled with hard edges and an­gles.

Make use of strong graphic shapes and lines to cre­ate a strik­ing com­po­si­tion Ko­dak P880, 10.8mm, 1/2500sec at f/8, ISO 100

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