Woman in Red Composition

I think I’ll start out my new “Quiet Streets” blog with a color piece from a photo walk in downtown San Francisco. I don’t see my shots in B&W or in color unless something colorfully catches my eye like this shot. I’m mostly looking for good light and it’s interaction with people in the streets so when I saw this women’s red hair just glowing in the midday light, I knew I had a shot. I took an initial shot when I first saw her but it was too far away and was too much to the side. But I always try and snap something as soon as I see it in case the scene changes, which they all too often do. For a second shot I got in closer and squared up the composition. She was so captivated by what was on her phone, she never even noticed I took here picture. The kid’s face in the poster wasn’t something I wanted in the photo and I was thinking of cropping it out but it really does add to the composition. It creates a tension between the women’s face and the poster that gives the image a lot of character. I normally don’t include street signage or photos in my images because that’s been done to death. But if it’s a really a strong contributor to the composition, I’m not adverse to including it. The red bricks and a fire alarm were a nice finished off the composition and I got myself a first blog post image.
e image a lot of character. I normally don’t include street signage or photos in my images because that’s been done to death. But if it’s a really a strong contributor to the composition, I’m not adverse to including it. The red bricks and a fire alarm were a nice finished off the composition and I got myself a first blog post image.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/125, f/8, ISO 100


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