Just for the sake of knowing...
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Did you enjoy the photo because you can picture yourself doing the same with your bae.. or it plainly speaks to you? Or....
Did you focus on the cooler in the middle & the people fishing 🎣 on the side 🧐
We're always looking for the different shot. We usually take the obvious shot, too, but push ourselves to find something better and cooler. We want everyone we work with to have images that nobody else has. It's a fun challenge, because a lot of the time, whatever vision is in our brains, doesn't work out like we hoped, but how would we have known if we didn't try?!
This one is Danielle & Jon at the V-J Day in Times Square statue in Sarasota. I had no idea it existed until we got there and when I saw it while we were walking toward the dock, I took one shot of them imitating it in front of it - you know, as you do. But as we were walking back to our cars and we basically had no light left since the sun just set, I had them stand right up on it, laid on the ground and shifted until the composition felt interesting enough. I totally dig it. They sort of parallel each other, but they don't exactly, and the blues are cool and the fact that you can barely see anybody's faces, but you know what's going on, is cool. .
Here's what Alfred Eisenstaedt, the photog who took the original famous photograph that inspired the statue, had to say about taking the shot: "I was walking through the crowds on V-J Day, looking for pictures. I noticed a sailor coming my way. He was grabbing every female he could find and kissing them all — young girls and old ladies alike. Then I noticed the nurse, standing in that enormous crowd. I focused on her, and just as I'd hoped, the sailor came along, grabbed the nurse, and bent down to kiss her. Now if this girl hadn't been a nurse, if she'd been dressed dark clothes, I wouldn't have had a picture. The contrast between her white dress and the sailor's dark uniform gives the photograph its extra impact."
THIS is the kind of thing that differentiates a true photographer from someone with a nice camera. Observation, anticipation, attention to detail, understanding of contrast and color... I love this story.
Swipe to see Eisenstaedt's original image and then one more taken by Victor Jorgensen, a Navy photog who took a photo of the exact same moment at a different angle. Curious... Do you like one better??!