Hey look, it’s someone doing something wacky! The “silly” photograph is kind of a cliche genre that is more at home as Facebook click-bait or a mall-kiosk wall calendar (Underwater Puppies are so cute!). But on the other hand, images like this still catch our eye. I wouldn’t fill a portfolio with shots like this, but on the other hand, I’d probably have at least one in there as an eye-catcher.
This shot is just “okay” in my book. The guy looks crazy enough, that’s for sure, and is the strength of the image. His leg position, facial expression, and even the fact that he’s on one hand all work well together. But the background is really distracting. I wish I had tried to use a much more narrow depth-of-field and blurred the background out. I was somewhat limited in where I could have positioned myself to get this shot, since I wanted him to be looking right at me. But still, I think all the junk in the background really weakens the image. I’m also unsure if the focus was a little off, the shutter speed was a little low, or if I didn’t sharpen enough. A good example of an image with potential that didn’t quite come together, but is still worth a look and a smile.
Pentax *ist, 50-200 f/4-5.6, unknown exposure.