Photo Review - Paris in Red by Frederic Mckinney



"This wonderful woman in red may have fourth priority in this cultural arrangement, but to me, she is the standout." Frederic Mckinney

Initial Thoughts & Plus Points

Before we get on to the things that are done well for this photo, the photographer's description is important and a key guideline for reviewing this photo - Without it we wouldn't know what the focus was meant to be on.

Dutch Angle - The dutch angle is a way of angling our shot at certain degrees, clockwise or counterclockwise. Simplified, it's just a way of shooting without following any horizontal or vertical anchor guidelines in the scene. Since the Dutch angle method can be a risk a lot of times, I think it's a right choice for this photo. I approve it for this shot for two reasons:

  1. Because of the Ferris wheel in the background. The fact that the wheel is in constant motion, I think implementing an angled shot is a good way to emphasise that motion even though the wheel is not the main object in the scene. It subliminally gives us a feel that the wheel is indeed rotating.

  2. Using the dutch angle for this shot enabled the photographer to include more objects in the frame in a way that it intrigues the viewers.

Exposure and dynamic ranges - The next thing I like about this photo is how well balanced the relation between the exposure and the dynamic ranges are. To be specific, the dynamic range is well within the limit for a nice and detailed photo.

What does that mean? Well, to describe it in a simple way, it means that none of our shadowed or highlighted areas lost any details. For example, when shooting on sunny and bright days, sometimes (and depending on a lot of factors) you're going to end up in a position where you're going to have to choose either a nice detailed glorious blue sky with underexposed midtones and shadow areas (in this case, everything besides the sky) or an overexposed, discoloured, white sky (it's actually blue in the sky) with normally exposed midtones and shadow areas (the main subjects for this shot).

Sometimes this problem requires some other techniques to get all of the dynamic ranges within the limits, but for this shot, that's not the case.