Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Solid Footing

Taking the close-up of the marines' hands raising the flag at the Marine Corps War Memorial -- one of my favorite photos I've taken -- was a revelation. Until then, I didn't realize the emotional power of isolating elements of a subject through close-ups and tell viewers an entirely different story in the photograph.

Now, I enjoy discovering new elements to focus on on photo excursions, such as these soldier's boots at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. By zooming in, we can see that the memorial's sculptor left no foot or in this case, boot, undefined. Look how solidly the foot is positioned in the gravel and among the juniper bushes. A close-up of the soldier's boot illustrates his strength without needing to see his whole body in the photograph. It offers viewers a new perspective to view and understand your intended subject.

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