Swanage – Shot of the day

This is one of my favourite shots from the long-term Swanage project that Simon and I have been doing. Unfortunately, so far this year I have not had a chance to get down there to add to the project.

Whilst I was out yesterday, I had a bit of a realisation about shooting street photography in colour. As I was shooting on film you are going to have to imagine this! I saw a scene where there was a women seated wearing red, with red hair and two bikes behind her which were also red. Together they sort of formed a triangle. I quickly shot the scene, then moved on. I realised that it was the colour that was important in the scene, less so the person and what they were doing. My ‘realisation’ is that your eye goes to the colour first, then the person (particularly red).

This is why I like this shot below, as the red flags form a line that direct you to the person with the red umbrella. It’s also why I like Kodak Portra film as the colours are very different in their tone to what you see on a digital camera.

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