The timing of this image by Chris Suspect is wonderful, as are the contrasts. Yes, the man is much larger than the door frame but the color of his bright clothing pops out from the red, white, black and beige background. He also forms a large upside down V shape in the center of the photograph, while almost every other shape in the frame is a square or rectangle. The composition works for all of these reasons, but the most important may be that this is just plain funny.
We weren’t at all surprised when we started seeing some excellent fireworks shots appear in our Flickr pool last night. The pick of the bunch though was this one from the industrious philliefan99. He eschews the more predictable straight-on skyline perspective anchored by the Monument or other distinctive memorial edifice, instead framing his almost apocalyptic-looking shot to establish the relationship between the intense fireworks and the awestruck spectators. (EXIF.)
Have you been thinking about our “America” photo challenge? Flickr user slightlyworn added this to our pool before we issued the call, but this fits the bill quite nicely. The enhanced twilight colors are a sort of effusive foreshadowing of the ruckus to grace the Washington skyline tomorrow. The young woman in soft focus looks up away from the sleepy city and out of the frame, creating a scene that is calming, dreamy, and just a little bit hopeful. Add your images showing what America is to you in our Flickr pool and tag them “AmericaChallenge.” We’ll run a gallery of our favorites on Monday.
The word “ominous” doesn’t quite do this shot from Kevin Wolf justice. We’ve had more than our fair share of storms this late spring/early summer, giving photogs plenty of reason to point their lenses skywards, though far too many snappers spoil what could otherwise be outstanding images with HDR. Kevin knows better than that, of course. The billowing wall of clouds has weight and texture, provoking a strong sense of anticipation of the impending storm. (EXIF.)
For our second In Frame, let’s move from the quirky culture of D.C. residents to the other side of the coin. Photographer Julian Ortiz of JEO Photography gave these tourists an ode to pointless souvenir buying (and who among us hasn’t stood dumbly in a shop trying to decide which tchotchke — the shot glass or the fridge magnet? — would memorialize the experience better). By framing the image tightly, he turned a street vendor’s kiosk into such a cacophony of patternless lines that I didn’t even see the lady in the plaid jacket at first. The gray scale blurs together the paraphernalia into near non-recognition in a foreshadowing of the way they’ll surely be forgotten once tossed in a closet at home.