Two Guys on a Wall

Here’s something different for me. Normally I like to have only one focal point in my compositions but I wanted to explore the use of multiple focal points. So I took myself out of my safe place and tried to create something new, something I never shot before.

This composition is a bit of a balancing act with the two figures siting on the wall with what feels like a weight scale. I liked that there are two sets of related items with a tension between them. The one person feels modern in the way he’s dressed, the fact that he’s reading a cell phone and has more modern bikes in front of him. While the other guy, the counter point, has a retro feeling like someone from the 70’s. The retro person is gazing at the modern guy and tries to create a connection the old fashion way, by talking. It’s an interesting contrast.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/90, f/5.6, ISO 400


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