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A Nod To The Classics

April 19, 2008 at 09:30 PM

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  People ask all the time about the difference between photographing wildlife and people. Really, there isn’t a whole lot of difference, except that animals don’t complain about how they look in pictures.

  The principals of good photography are still the same. Light and composition need to be right, and it always helps to capture a fleeting moment in time.

  So I had to chuckle on Friday when the turkeys passed through an opening in the cedar trees in a composition reminiscent of a classic photograph by W. Eugene Smith, considered by many to be the father of modern photojournalism.

  Smith was recovering from injuries received covering World War II and was getting used to handling his cameras again when he snapped this picture of his children. It’s called “Walk to Paradise Garden,” and every photojournalism student is familiar with it.

  What makes Smith’s picture work is the dark frame and the curious children walking together towards some new discovery. The eye normally is drawn to lighter areas of the pictures, so you are focused on where the kids are going.

  These things hold true, whether you are photographing kids or wildlife.

  See Smith’s photo here: http://life.time.com/culture/into-the-light-w-eugene-smiths-walk-to-paradise-garden/#1

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