Going out with the family or friends to do something special and taking pictures is something that everybody does, don’t you?  We like to tell a story when taking pictures. Our memories of an event is based on the emotions that we lived. This being said, such an activity is like a story and taking some details shots help improve on telling of the Story.

Parc d'Escalade et de Randonnée la Montagne d'Argent

Parc d’Escalade et de Randonnée la Montagne d’Argent

These detail shots could be part of a montage or would simply help break the usual smiling faces that you get whenever you are pointing your camera at somebody.  Moreover these shot could be very artistic and combines shape and colors in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

While we were out doing rock climbing with the kids I took on me to grab pictures of the whole activity.  I took multiple details shots.  Shoes, gear, hands and feet in cracks or securing a position did offer a lot of opportunities.

In this shot, the background is blurred and helps separate the subject from the background.  We are used to say that the subject pop.  Just like if there was a third dimension to the picture.

Technical Details:

Canon 5D3 with Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II at 200mm and f4.5.

By shooting at f4.5 at the long end of the telephoto, the background was really out of focus.  I did add a vignette in post to help direct the eyes to the subject. When I look back at this shot I remember how I felt when myself I was holding this rope. This shot is helping the story.

When you are doing an activity that you are documenting, it is always a good idea to take details shots.  It helps tell the story and is a good complement to the smiling faces we are used to get when taking pictures.

So, will you take detail shots next time you are documenting an activity?

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