We met Simba, a rescue pup looking for his forever home right now, a week ago. I took some pictures to use in promoting his adoption. This was one of the throw-away images, out of focus and with neither me or my camera able to keep up with his movements.
But it turns out I really like it. The image shows his energy, his openness and his ultimate happiness. I think it's a pretty good portrait of Simba - from the little I know of him.
I notice that these days the technical aspects of photography are becoming less and less important to me. Wait that's not accurate; it's that the idea of capturing traditionally accepted objective reality is less and less important to me. Managing the level of objective information in the image is, I'm understanding, an important part of the composition. I understand this lesson is as old as the sun, but I'm happy I'm beginning to feel and understand it.
Related to this, I'm finally trying out some film photography and the results are interesting - to me at least. I got the first roll of black and white film back that I shot with my Dad's Minolta SRT-101 and 50mm lens and I quite like them. I took this shot in White River Junction train station on a bright day. It too is a kind of portrait - the grain and over-exposure (Ilford Delta Pro 400 film) again serving to moderate the amount of information. I also notice that the physical act of winding the film and knowing you just exposed a bit of a chemically sensitive substance to the scene in front of you is a very different experience from shooting digitally. I like it very much. I'm almost done with my second roll - Kodak TMAX 400 this time - and will be interested to see the results.