Light, Tone and Gesture

As I was walking thru the dinning alley across the street from work, I saw the light coming thru the arbor that framed this little outdoor restaurant. It just happened that the waiter was taking a little break so I snapped a photo and just kept walking. I don’t even know if he realized I took his picture but knew I had a keeper.

This images has the three things I always look for in a successful composition; light, tone and gesture. I really like all of the directional light shapes that bring the viewers eye from the right side of the frame to the figure. It’s a really strong series of lines that could overwhelm the composition but it’s countered by the towel hanging from the waiter’s belt. It’s subtle but a really powerful compositional element. It wouldn’t have been the same composition without it.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/350, f/5.6, ISO 100


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