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AskJoeB: What do you think of this composition and mood?

Rick sent me this photo to comment on and as usual, I like to copy and paste the actual words. I do this because there’s a lot of my fellow photographers out there that might have a similar question, or have had a similar situation come up in their photography. Here’s what he had to say:

“Hi Joe,

What do you think of the composition and mood in this photograph?
It’s a shot of a friend at a Nighthawk’s concert in Williamsport, PA, pre-concert in a rather dark setting, as you can see.  I took my Canon 5D Mark II with a Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens, no flash, to go after some natural-light stuff. Only auto contrast in Elements.

Much appreciated.”


Rick, one of the areas I cover a lot in both my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop I conduct around the planet is the ways to create Visual Tension. Mood will certainly be one of the ways, but there are others ways that will also generate Tension.

Take a look at this video. It will help explain far better that filling up this page with a lot of text: http://www.screencast.com/t/qMo0ljXu

The areas I concentrate on are what we work on in my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet.

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and check out my 2014 workshop schedule at the top of this blog.

Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com. You’ll receive my new video critique.


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    • Rick Mason February 1, 2014, 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the insights, Joe. Much appreciated. Rick :O)

      • Joe February 1, 2014, 3:23 pm

        You’re welcome.


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