Every day, on my facebook page, I post a Fan Photo of the Day. Today’s photo by Nchole Ethridge Brown is getting, by far, our most significant response ever, in terms of Facebook “Likes,” shares and comments—about ten times more than our average day! So congratulations, Nicole, for capturing a moment that so clearly speaks to people. Here are the words I included about the photo:
Every once in a while you look through the camera and you say something like this to your self, “ I could be wrong but I think I may be hitting the ball out of the park here.” Well, Nicole, if that’s what you were thinking you were certainly right. Holy smoke! It’s such a good feeling to have a camera at your eye and see something that looks this good. What glorious fun it must have been to push the button. I’m so jealous. Do you have any idea how many photographers have photographed kids in a plowed field and never taken this picture?
And, after comments started coming in asking about the photograph—with several challenging the scene’s authenticity—Nicole filled in the details:
This is very much a real photo of my 3.5 year old daughter playing in the field behind our house a few weeks ago. I’d already taken about a hundred shots of her playing in the dirt, “planting” flowers and burying her feet when she decided to sprawl out and enjoy the sun on her face. I didn’t pose her other than to tell her to cross her ankles and “don’t move,” haha. This isn’t straight out of the camera; there were some adjustments made in post processing, but I personally don’t think that makes this photo any less amazing and I’m really proud of it. Thank you so much for all the kind words!
Here is my take on the conversation about setting up photographs. I think you really need to be careful if you’re going to declare that someone has set up a photograph. In my career, I’ve set up photographs that look completely spontaneous and I’ve taken spontaneous moment photographs and have been accused of setting them up.
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