184 IDEA TO IMAGE
Compose Carefully
This picture of a young monk with a dzong (fortress and temple) in the
background is one of my favorites from the trip (
Figure 5.5). I photo-
graphed dozens of monks and many dzongs, but here I wanted to show
both subjects, isolating each of them. After asking the monk if I could take
his picture, I composed the scene with him way off center and then framed
the shot so that I didnt cut off any of the dzong.
As you can tell, the image is cropped to the panoramic format. I feel that
cropping made the picture look more interesting than a full-frame shot.
As with earlier pictures in this chapter, I used a wide-angle setting on my
zoom lens, used a small f-stop, and focused one-third into the scene. As a
result, the entire scene was in focus.
Don’t Settle for Less
On my fi rst day in Thimphu, Bhutans capital city, I took several photo-
graphs of this man smoking a pipe while sitting by some prayer wheels at
the Memorial Chorten (religious structure). This is not one of them (
Figure
5.6
). Those pictures were OK, but the light level was low and fl at, and I
felt I could do better. I knew that I could go back the next day, so I warmed
up by taking pictures and getting him used to having me around.
FIGURE 5.5
Tech info: Canon
EOS 1Ds Mark II, Canon
17-40mm lens @ 20mm.
Exposure: 1/125 sec. @ f/8.
ISO 400.
FIGURE 5.6
Tech info: Canon EOS
1Ds Mark II, Canon
17-40mm lens @ 20mm.
Exposure: 1/125 sec. @ f/8.
ISO 400.

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