Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photo Gems of the Week

In the inaugural Sightlines blog post last week, I tried to cover the general subject of live music photography from the perspective of the photographer, and lightly touched on what it means from a photo editor's vantage point.
In the last paragraph I asked, "What constitutes a gem?" -- using the word "gem" instead of what is commonly called the "money shot" (the origins of which refer to the end of any given porno film shoot). One could argue that "money shot" is a good fit, since concert photographers are indeed shooting from the "splash zone," but the term lacks an appreciation for the bright, luminous and captivating quality that make the best images.
This week I'll try to deconstruct each "gem" of the week, explaining what it is that grabs my attention and holds it. Sometimes it's only one thing about the photograph, other times there are overlapping things that make it gem-like. Below, and in no particular order, are 10 such deconstructions for "Gems of the Week" Oct. 7 - Oct. 13, 2011

(6) Zac Hanson of Hanson at the House of Blues in Boston, by Mary Ouellette.
Eye candy. Pure and simple, the color and the saturation of the image is stunning. Drummers are the hardest musicians to get great shots of; often only their head shows above their expansive kits, and more often their arms are hidden. Here, however, we see Hanson's arm up high and fully engaged, and his expression is one of total concentration. Mary has also managed to include the name of the tour in the frame.

to read the full article, click here.

0 People talked to us:

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg