The ever-popular silhouette

Walking into the Joe
Walking into the "Joe" (Rosenfield center), Grinnell College | Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 200mm | Exposed 1/250 sec. @ f/7.1, ISO 200.

They’re photographic clichés, but everyone I know seems to respond positively to silhouettes.  On my last morning in Grinnell (4 Oct.) I decided to take a (slightly) different tack on an old idea: blend architecture and pictorial, but have architecture remain the subject, not the person walking through it.  To achieve this, everything beyond a few “feet” in the image is soft.

Normally, in a situation like this, either a photographer would make everything in focus by stopping down to maximize the depth-of-field, or would focus on the place where people were moving in and out and let everything else fall out of the DOF.  I wanted to try something a little different.  Does it work for you?

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