Image Review: The “Thinking Man”
orangutan to one of my favourite animals. I've often thought if you could ever socialist with great apes with a gorilla, you play chess with an orangutan, you go down the pub for a pint of beer. This is a nice study, and the photographer Traven role has titled it The Thinking Man. And I can see why the pose and the expression say it all with sharp focus and a really nice exposure, even capturing detail in those heavily hooded eyes, which isn't always easy. And there's a lovely texture in the face now I did wonder whether a square crop might suit this image to really draw attention to that face, which is the story here, but I'm not convinced, so I'll put that down to personal preference. But there is one element in this composition that's distracting to me, and that's the spiky crown sprouting from behind the orangutans head. Now it could be argued that it provides background interest, but that's not the story here. The story is the thinking man, so it's all about the ape. So while it w...
ouldn't have been possible to achieve what I'm about to do in camera, because there's not enough distance between the orangutan and the plant behind. I've had a quick play in photo shop just to reiterate the power of Blur to create emphasis. As I explained in less than two of Module five in this, let's say, roughly processed image. I've used a master artificially blur the background and notice how much more powerful than narrative becomes without those background distractions. Blur or depth of field is a fantastic compositional, tall in visual storytelling. As you can see here, it's a nice shot driving and a great image title.