Challenge: National Geographic II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Jun 28, 2011
Galleries: Interior, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2011
|Well, a bunch of workhorses were in their standing stalls when an Amish man strode into view after haying the horses. I was shooting with an eye to capturing a documentary-style photo, not a gorgeously lit portrait a la the Afghan Girl. I realize that the Amish have no problem with you taking photos of their goods or horses, but do not want photos taken of themselves. However this was a genuine accident and he does add an element to the background.
Back in the 70s and 80s there was an NG photog who specialized in such slice-of-life photos, usually shot wide angle. Their photos were imperfect, often showing blur amongst the human subjects and were often grainy by today's standards. But their work was amongst that that I enjoyed the most, because they did dare to shoot something so mundane, by comparison to the razor-sharp, highly saturated and often very exotic photos that have populated NG pretty much since the mid-80s on.
Also, considering the subject matter is a slice of Amish life, is it not fitting to go with muted tones?
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