Master's Work

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Sheri Rypstra

What a great idea to take a picture of a master carver. In a lot of ways, I like this photo. I like how the focus is on the bird he carved, while the carver himself is soft and slightly out of focus...putting the emphasis on his work. I like how everything in the frame has to do with the subject at hand, that is it has layers and elements of interest in all corners of the frame. I find it a shame that the bird sculpture doesn't read well though, as there is too much clutter behind it. Could a shift in position...say, putting the bird on the other side of the carver, kneeling down, or getting up high, have yielded a more solid background so the bird would pop out more?

From the workshop of master carver, Ronnie Taylor, a beautiful carving of loon made from a Musk-Ox horn.
Taken By
David Ho
Taken On
July 24, 2015
carving loon carver nunavut
  • Focal: 40
  • Shutter speed: 0.008 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 5.6
  • ISO: 125

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