the wide angle
There are hundreds of quotes in the photojournalism world that lay out the rules and regulations of making a successful image.
Sayings like “Tight is right” and “If your photo isn’t good enough, you are not close enough” are just two examples.
However, the older I get the more I realize that despite all the rules, there are only two types of photos in the world- those that work and those that don’t.
Even though I have always been a big proponent of getting close and intimate, I have recently started to embrace the wide shot. Photos with room to breathe.
I made one such photo on Saturday at the 80th Annual Bud Billiken Parade, which is by the way perhaps the most photogenic event in Chicago but I digress.
While waiting around for a photo subject, I noticed the Great Lakes Naval band standing in formation at the corner of 39th and King Drive. As I walked over to work the situation, I saw three sailors sitting in a bus shelter. Change of course.
I shot several frames before moving in and one of those ended up being my favorite.
So, although sometimes “tight is right” here “wide is bona fide.”
© 2009 Chicago Tribune/Scott Strazzante