Saturday, March 26, 2005

Suicidal Vatican Protester Offers Valuable Photography Lesson

Reuters shutterbug exposes millions to foreground concept

While a deranged man attempts to bring awareness to
his cause, this Reuters photgrapher stunned the world
with their vice-like conceptual grip on framing, and
the employment of blurred foreground contrast techniques

Rome--An unnamed Reuters photographer stunned the worked today, as a deranged, possibly suicidal protester dangled from the top of St. Peter's Basilica, using nothing but a makeshift tether.

One Vatican official said that one picture is particularly stunning.

"What's amazing to me is, here we have this man, whose desperate desire was to draw the Pope's attention to . . . um, whatever that was," he said. "But then we are presented with Christ on the Via Dolorosa in the foreground, and it practically draws the eye away to that for a minute.

Photographers say that this is really a fundamental technique, insofar as the ultimate focus does reside with the distraught man. It is the presence of mind in these situations that sets the novice apart from his peers.

"This guy, whomever he is, has ice water in his veins," said one well-posted photographer. "What I like most about this picture--and this may really be a photographer thing--is how this one shot helps to de-mystify the blurred foreground technique to so many most likely unfamiliar with it.

Experts say that many photographers have an inner-eye, or a "sixth sense" about when and where to take a photo. And that topographical uniqueness plays a big part in the repertoire of the seasoned pro.

"With the World Trade Center, we didn't have the luxury of Byzantine architecture with which to frame jumpers," said another photographer. “The best shot I’ve seen of that whole time was an aerial shot with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. But that had no intimacy to it.”

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