When I’m on a job, I try to find a photo that’s different than the norm; a photo that somewhat contradicts what’s really happening. I look for a photo that’s more of a juxtaposition to all other shots. At a church festival, I wanted a photo that diametrically conflicted with all the bright colors and fun atmosphere, and yet was part of it.
I looked for a person who would work as an object in my photo. Meaning, I didn’t want a human to be the sole subject, I wanted the human to be part of the overall subject.
I saw Ivelisse dressed as a hamburger at a food booth. She was smiling and vivacious. I asked her to be in my photo and told her what I wanted. Uh, without the hamburger suit.
Fortunately, she was wearing muted colors that contrasted with the vendor’s bright colors and that worked perfectly. I suggested her expression and pose, and she was spot-on, so I knelt and shot five quick photos, making sure the camera was level and the girl was centered.
I used an 18 – 55mm lens with my camera set on P (Program), ISO 400, and the flash was popped up. With a computer program, I increase sharpness and color intensity and made a few other adjustments.
My photo artwork. I shot it for me. My favorite photo from the event.