Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Fencers

 

Each week, I'll be featuring famous and not so famous photographs that in my opinion deserve to be seen by as many people as possible.  Some will be widely known shots that have been circulated repeatedly over the news and the Internet, while others will be unknown to most, but exceed the prerequisites that this blog is about: good photography.

For this week, I'm featuring one of my favorite photographs that I discovered last year. This is a picture of two fencers from the Baltimore Fencing Center captured by David Hobby. I believe this is part of Mr. Hobby's series of pictures documenting the people and places of importance in his county and the surrounding areas.

Simply put, this is a fantastic shot! The low angle and the black lines lead up precisely to the skirmish between the two fencers at the exact moment of victory (and defeat). It's very simply lighted (or it may seem that way; Mr. Hobby has a knack for great lighting), and the plain background and neutral colors contrast perfectly with the dynamic duelists. The two white figures also pop out of the dark foreground as if this were live video instead of a still shot.

This is a great photo to start off what is hopefully to be a series of good photographs I find over the Internet. You can find the original, as well as more of Mr. Hobby's photographs here.

28 comments:

rinns said...

amazing

ankmanpro said...

Has a sort of eerie "empty" look... Hit me back! alphabetalife.blogspot.com

Raw said...

This really is an amazing shot, I don't know how he captured it so perfectly.
I can't wait to see what else you post!
I just want to point out that your links match your text, so you might want to change the color or underline them so they're noticeable.

Jay.CA said...

@Raw: Thanks for the info! I've changed the text to bold to make them more noticeable. :)

Meghan Moran said...

very nice. It is really cool how the lines lead you right into the action that is taking place.

Justin said...

Even more amazing than the photo is the acrobatics of the fencers themselves. It's something I would love to learn.

obi said...

in your face!!
great photo and i always liked fencing.

liam said...

what a great shot! i love me some good photography

Random Fan said...

Is the guy on the left falling?

The Game Store Guy said...

An absolutely gorgeous shot. Hobby's work is truly incredible.Thanks for sharing this.

Shutterbug said...

Nice photo. I look forward to more of your posts. :)

G said...

cool photo - i love action shots that capture that perfect moment of action

Grafted said...

Beautiful picture

Tasos said...

Mr. Hobby captured the moment in a fantastic way!

rndmg123 said...

nice photo, caught at the perfect time.

Garth said...

must have been a pain to get it just perfect, great picture.

baxxman said...

Absolut amazing post. Especially the picture

duffboi said...

It is indeed a nice photo, and you illuminate it well in ur blog post. followed.

Tenko said...

Reminds me of Picard fencing on star trek.

Cool blog, I'm following :)

Tony Storm said...

haha this is one of those photos where you know you cant take a better one of it in your life

Steven said...

Awesome shot thanks

Burger said...

Awesome.

Sam said...

What a nice photo! thank you for sharing

tearinox said...

very aesthetic posing indeed

Venus said...

very good. thanks for sharing.

skinned sheep said...

awesome shot. got it right where the hiatus of emotion is drawn from.

tissue rejection said...

Making that my desktop image now

SirJohnBear said...

I love perfectly captured pictures. This one is awesome, no time lapse, no blur, just a nice smooth image.

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