Smart Photography reader Manoj Tilak from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, has sent us this photo of a young lad diving in to the water.
The photo was shot at Shipra river, Ramghat, Ujjain. It is a very nice picture; the subject is positioned as per the rule of the thirds, the clouds in the background are great, the sunset is good, and the exposure is perfect for this silhouette.
So, could this picture be improved? What would I have done if I were you?First, let’s accept the fact that this is not a posed picture. It is possible though, that Manoj may have asked the young lad to dive in, or there could have been several children taking a dive one after the other. While I like the picture, I think that the position of the setting sun is too close to the vertical center of the frame. I also realise that there may not have been enough time to shift to a better location.
Unfortunately, the diver’s hands are aligned, thus making it look as if he has only one hand!If I were you, I would have fired a continuous burst*. This would have definitely given me some frames where both the hands would have been visible, as you can see in the edited image. Also note that as the diver nears the water, his angle changes.
* My camera is always set to fire a continuous high-speed burst (CH). I have enough practice to fire off a single frame as and when required. This habit has often paid rich dividends, when something unexpected has demanded a continuous burst at high frame rate. If you try to change the firing rate when the action happens, you will definitely miss the boat.