The Camel Lot, Xiang Sha Wan, Mongolia
I view things with a critical eye. If there’s something wrong, I will see it. I don’t know if that’s something that is one of my peculiarities or it’s common with photographers in general. If I’m talking to you, I’ll move around a little bit to “compose” my view of you while I am talking. During video chats with a friend, I make it a point to hide the modem/router to avoid blinking lights behind me (don’t you hate a “busy” background?). I hate looking at snapshots because they are invariably chock full distractions that non-photographers are wont to include in their photographs.
The above photo is one such photograph. It’s truly remarkable, I think. These are the gentlemen that organized and managed a reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville. There were about 4,000 reenactors taking part in the three day event. I was able to get them in one spot in front of my old 5x7 camera, great light, get everybody arranged and the back row guy on the left stuck his right hand in his pocket in (what he thought) was an authentic civil war pose. It created a wonderful merge with the frogging on his sleeve sticking out of the head of the fellow in front of him.
I got over this memorable error, but it took quite a while.