The Sleeper

Taken at the Aquarium in Monterey while I was visiting with Michele to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I’m not sure but this was probably someone’s grandfather and he was just catching a couple of winks after a busy day. That aquarium is such chaotic place with all of the children running around, I’m really surprised anyone could sleep thru the commotion going on there. But maybe this a modern version of Rip van Winkle and the man has been sleeping there for 40 years. Think about what a surprise he’s in for!

The composition is about contrast of line, shape and color. The environment is a series of leading lines that direct the viewers eye to the focal point, the sleeper. There’s no question as to what the subject is so the eye is drawn right to it. I placed the sleeper purposely on the right third to create some tension and give the viewers eye something more to see. I kept the colors muted and cool to emphasize the sleeping theme but still kept a contrast of warm and cool colors for a little interest.

SONY, NEX-6, DT 35mm F1.8 SAM
1/60, f/2, ISO 100


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