Thirty Days – Day Twenty-four…a day late

Well, in keeping with the spirit of this Thirty Days project, I made pictures yesterday.  Out of keeping with the spirit of things, I didn’t get a chance to post them.  C’est la vie.

Chris Dunn, Erin Schwartz, about four and a quarter million other photographers, and I descended upon the True/False film festival’s “March March” parade…which takes place in February.  The parade itself was not terribly productive for me–I wasn’t prepared for it.  But I loved this young woman, Ali Cooper, leaning against a traffic light, waiting for the parade to come to her.  The only problem is that I’m not sure which image (and which crop) I prefer.  They’re subtly different.  I’m happy to hear your thoughts!

30 - Day 24 - Ali Cooper waits for the March March parade.
Ali Cooper watches as the True/False "March March" parade makes its way down Ninth Street on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 in Columbia, Mo. The parade had taken Cooper by surprise: "I just came out of Lakota and didn't really know what was going on," she said. | Canon 7D and 200mm f/2.8L lens; exposed 1/800 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 200.
30 Days - Day 24 - Alternate
30 Days - Day 24 - Alternate

4 thoughts

    1. August,
      I’m inclined to agree…and now that I’m looking at it again, it’s obvious that the first one is better. It’s also more my style with a clean(ish) background, good light, and without question about what/who the subject is.

  1. I really couldn’t tell they were different–the first just looked like a crop of the second–until I noticed the balloon actually covered up something in that corner that was uncovered in the first.

    I’m not sure if the balloon does much. The first one looks more straight-forward and I prefer how her eyes are looking more in the direction of the camera.

    1. Scott,
      That makes sense to me–I realize they’re similar frames, but I thought her gaze was slightly superior in the first image. I just wasn’t sure if that balloon added anything or not. Thanks!

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