You cut my feet off, you bastard!

I love hip shots. Many don’t work out like I planned but some come out pretty darn sweet. Then there’s the odd time this happens. This is a perfect shot, to my eye — the light’s spot on and the guy’s pose and expression are working and the background has some interesting elements — but because I shot it from waste level I had no idea if my composition was on. I shoot enough hip shots that I usually get close enough to what I was trying for that with a little cropping I can end up with something usable. But there’s not much you can do when you cut off someone’s feet, I’m sorry. I’m still pretty happy with the shot, but I sure wish I didn’t handicap this poor guy in the prime of his life like that. The funny thing is, I really don’t think he had any idea I was taking his photo.

This is from earlier today. I went downtown with my friend Jeff and we shot the St. Patty’s Parade and then the protest. Don’t ask about the protest. I’m not in the mood. 😉 Got a bunch of shots that I think worked out nicely. This one was at the end of the day as we made our way to the Three Brewers Pub on Yonge St. for a pint before heading home. I’ll post a couple of protest shots later or tomorrow.

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9 Responses to You cut my feet off, you bastard!

  1. milkayphoto says:

    I still think the shot works but for a very unexpected reason. The guy on the left looks like his twin! (so it sort of seems like a double exposure shot). How cool is that?! 🙂

    • Thanks Tracy. I didn’t really see that. 🙂

      • milkayphoto says:

        I figured. Soooo now the image deifinitely needs a different title!

        • Sayvan just pointed out the incongruity of the shadows on the people in the shot. With our two main subjects the shadows fall behind and to the left. But with the person in the background the shadow falls forward. Really interesting.

          I have no idea what I’d rename it now. Too much going on. 🙂

        • Milkayphoto says:

          How about doppelgänger?

          From Wikipedia:

          “In modern vernacular, the word doppelgänger has come to refer to any double or look-alike of a person. The word also is used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection.”

          Appropriate, no?

  2. sayvan says:

    The first element that caught my eye was (as Tracy states) the guy to the left side, I took a double look to see if he was the same guy. What is even more intriguing is that the shadows of the two guys are perfectly in line with each other. Sometimes taking a chance works out perfectly! I also like how the buildings have reflected the natural lighting. If you look at the shadows of the two guys they fall behind and our angled to the left, but on the far right side there is a person walking who’s shadow is cast in front of them. The complete opposite.

    • Excellent eye. It’s a strange shot, indeed. When I took it I really didn’t see all that. I was just attracted by how perfectly lit the guy was. Now that you guys are pointing out all the other stuff, the photo’s becoming even more interesting to me. Thanks.

  3. Yeah, that works. Or maybe “Doppelgänger and the schizo shadows”

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