Don’t Look Now
The light wasn’t right on the day John Conn saw the scene, so he came back the next day at a time when the shadows would work in his favor. Then he waited. The geometry of the legs of a trousered figure striding by was distracting. “I really wanted a woman because they usually dress in lighter, more colorful clothing,” John says, “and I needed a more solid form, with more of a flow. And she had to be the right height, too.” His next opportunity was a bicyclist…who veered away from the perfect spot, spoiling the alignment. Then a woman came by and John took the photograph you see here.
“I usually hate motor drives,” he says, “but I used it here, for pretty much the first time, to take a five-frame burst. Then I checked the LCD right away.” Time spent waiting at the location: about 20 minutes.
John’s approach to photography is usually much more spontaneous: see it, shoot it, move on. “But this was different,” he says. “I saw the background and preconceived the image and all its elements. I just had to wait and hope.”
Examples of John Conn’s photojournalism, fine art, and travel images can be viewed at www.johnconnphotography.com.
Tech Talk: John took the photo hand held with a Nikon D800 and an AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikkor lens at 1/250 sec, f/7.1, and ISO 100, with the camera set for aperture-priority exposure and center-weighted metering.