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P3T3S Senior Member • Posts: 2,066
Re: Exploring a Matador

RoelHendrickx wrote:

February 2020 marked the last time that we really traveled abroad (except for the odd little trips just across the French and Dutch borders, to visit an exhibition or go for a walk - nd except for that short window in the summer of 2020 when travel was briefly allowed and we spent two weeks in the German countryside, driving our car and riding our bikes).

That last trip by plane took us to Madrid for an extended weekend citytrip.

One of the landmarks we visited on that trip, was the Plaza de Toros.

On the square surrounding this impressive bullring are several statues, and the one shown in three of these images, is the most dynamic of those.

I am showing four images here, taken on various moments before and after our visit, to illustrate the way I am seldom satisfied with the first image I make of any object or location.

It can happen that the very first image is immediately the best, but more often, there is a benefit in exploring angles and perspectives and focal lengths. You be the judge.

One of my standard approaches :photographing someone photographing the object

From one of the balconies of the bullring : a telephoto image showing how the statue "levitates". Waiting for a background with zero cars proved impossible. The selfie-takers were an opportunity I could not let pass, and fortunately, the cars in the background are nothing else than two Madrilene taxis in Spanish colours. Imagine this with a blue garbage truck. Not the same.

Back on the square, and looking at another statue, the idea germinated to photograph the statue in relation to the actual bull ring.

... which led to this final composition. I shot from nearby with wide angle and avoided the pavement in order to eliminate all hints of contemporary aspects (pedestrians, etc) and give the image a certain abstraction and timelessness.

A very interesting behind the scenes series. It shows how you found very different compositions, each one well crafted but even more powerful as a series.

It is also interesting to read the comments, which show that it is not only possible to see the subject in different ways, but also the resulting photos. #2 seems to be the most popular, but it is my least favourite! The cars and road interfere too muchfor my taste. That may have been deliberate to illustrate their interference, but , as I say, not to my taste. I prefer the first, with the matador having one foot on the buildings and one on the bull, forming a bridge between Madrid a nd Bull-fighting, as well as a frame for the group photo, and the last, with its unusual perspective and careful positioning of the matador once more (right arm echoing the lines of the turret and flag, right leg in line with the corner of the building, left arm echoing bull’s horn and breast)

Pete

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