Aspect ratio has been in the back of my mind ever since reading Ming Thein’s excellent dissection of the concept, and you can see a bit of that in my previous post on widescreen Australia Day. Today’s photo has been cropped to 3:4, this happens to be the same aspect ratio as TV from back before it got all elongated. If you’re old enough to still have that association hopefully this photo brings back lost memories of overdramatic B-grade TV shows for you. Even if you aren’t old enough for the harkening back to TV the way Jesus intended, the desaturation, underexposure, vignette and added grain is intended to make the situation a bit grimey, and make you feel like you need to take a shower. Combining this with an over the shoulder shot makes it seem like you’re looking at something you’re not supposed to see – if this was that B-grade TV show it’d have to be called something along the lines “Confessions of a pair of camwhores”.
Incidentally the post-processing done on this image is available in Instagram, so just because someone has put all these filters on their photo doesn’t mean that it is a terrible photo. The fact that they took a bad photo, then pile on effects make it a terrible photo.
On a technical note this was shot with a flash+diffuser at f1.8, 1/200th of a second, which is a whole lot of light and generally a recipe for overexposure. Fortunately the 5d mk3 goes down to 50 ISO, giving the photographer a tonne of latitude for situations like this.
Everything looks strangely cinematic when you put it in 16:9 widescreen. These photos are all from the first half of Australia Day 2013, which was so long ago at this point that I don’t really remember too much about any of them. However, I’m finding that I need to go through my photos much more regularly, since I currently have 900 photos to sort through.
In other news, my internship finished up :D So I can go back to taking photos and studying :D I’m excited, and you should be too!