What are the compelling factors of which make a photograph ?
Is it the subject - scene - color - or is the framing, or lens used, or all in concert ?
Last week I shot a ribbon cutting. I knew the constraints and the expectation - and the expecation was able to be satisfied - and I was almost ready to bag the gig. The ribbon was cut - most people which were once densely packed were now spread, and really nothing was happening. I decided to switch lenses and go wide. from the 85mm to the 17-35mm. The remodeled floor tile design, of which I wanted to capture in some creative way, was staring in the face, but I was getting tired.
I had a thought.
Out of focus subjects have always interested me - as they almost draw you in upon viewing - as if you try to re-focus the composition in your mind, but never really get there. So I knew I wanted that - but before me the scene was developing very quickly. D3s in hand - and the target was the blue tiled floor - f-stop was set at maybe f2.8 - I can't remember - upon looking at the exif - yes, it's f2.8. I wanted the floor sharp, and everything else blown out. Easy to do -- ASA was auto - and the D3s is a forgiving race horse - so no matter what, I knew I would be fine on the image. The D3s is awesome in this regard - so right on - the only thing you need to nail is focus and it all falls into place. The Nex has yet to figure that out, but I digress.
I composed - focused - and mind you - this is all happening in seconds - and in the distance there was a child, where there was an inkling of a thought that I may be able to capture the toddler in the background - but as everything was organically unfolding - it was a crap shoot.
So I fired off 1 image - and below, is the winner of the night.
The tile is in focus - the color is subdued with a nice blend and the toddler is compelling, as that's what they do.