Panicking on the Wild Art Hunt

March 1st, 2009
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When hunting for wild art, usually we get in our car and drive to a particular area we have in mind.  For myself, I let curiosity be my GPS and just go where I think I’d go if I wasn’t working–be it a park or beach or vista point.  Often times, this produces a fruitful slice-of-life feature that I can file.  This past Friday, I drove for miles and miles and miles (sing The Who song along with me here)…miles and miles and miles.  To no avail!  I went through Kailua, Kaneohe, as far as Punaluu.  Crossed the Likelike, drove around Nuuanu, Makiki, Kakaako.  Nothing.  I haven’t had a day like this in a while, but let me assure you, days like this are part of the everyday challenges we have as photojournalists.  Another challenge?  Failing light. 

Like it or not, every minute passed is a minute less of sunlight.  I like to be optimistic and say every minute less of sunlight is a minute closer to achieving the golden silhouettes than can be made at the “golden hour.”  Now keep in mind that silhouettes can be cliché and quite boring if used frequently, so one must use their OWN VISION to make it interesting.  And so, with panic at my looming deadline and failing sunlight, I came away with this graphically appealing image Friday.  Have a great Sunday morning!

 

A woman pauses to admire the sunset as she is silhouetted through one of the three archways of the War Memorial Natatorium Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 in Waikiki.   (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L @ 200mm, Manual exposure, ISO 160, 1/640 @ f11, daylight whitebalance

A woman pauses to admire the sunset as she is silhouetted through one of the three archways of the War Memorial Natatorium Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 in Waikiki. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L @ 200mm, Manual exposure, ISO 160, 1/640 @ f11, daylight whitebalance

3 Responses to “Panicking on the Wild Art Hunt”

  1. parv:

    Liked the asymmetry caused by the woman in otherwise very symmetrical image.


  2. Newbie:

    didn’t even see that woman was there since my eyes went straight to the center archway sandwiched by the smaller archways… is your main subject the woman or the overall scene?


  3. jammaquino:

    Newbie, this photograph is what’s called in the editorial field as a “pictorial,” meaning no real “subject,” per se. My main focus on this photograph was a graphically appealing image, and the woman in the archway adds human element to it–something that we always try to do as photojournalists.


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