| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Flower Field, Northern France, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

FLOWER FIELD, NORTHERN FRANCE:   Poppies dot the landscape of northern France.   Their  bright red colour and symbolism as the flower of remembrance can make them a compelling feature in photographs.  As I composed this shot, I recalled something one of  my photography professors shared years ago when I was in college.  He believed that any photo that included a person became a photo of a person.  His point was that the mere presence of a person in a photo established both its context and focal point.  Applying my old prof’s maxim to this shot, the scarecrow is a person in effigy,  thereby strongly drawing the viewer’s attention to it.   What do you think– does the inclusion of a person in a photo establish a strong focal point?    Shot handheld with a Nikon, D300, Nikkor 70 – 300 mm at 127 mm, 1/400 sec, f29, ISO 200.

Photo by John Ecker    |    pantheon photography

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One response

  1. Duncan Donetz

    I liked the photograph but didnt see the scarecrow until you mentioned it. So I am not sure if your theory is true in this case. I love the flowers though and it is a pretty garden. do you have any more photos of Versailles besides this one?

    Duncan
    Plant City FL

    December 31, 2010 at 8:17 am

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