If you are looking for color, Mexico has it no matter what your focal length is–from far and near. I couldn’t resist this pile of confetti eggs in the Ajijic plaza. The idea is to break them over the head of a friend–not by throwing, but by getting him/her in closer focus and then crushing it over his/her head. This creates a colorful friend and a big mess, so don’t try this at home, kids!
Part of focusing in is deciding what to focus in on from the larger scene. Did I want the confetti to show? Did I want the contrast of the eggs imprisoned in the plastic bag as opposed to those let free and then the futher freedom of the confetti that had already been released from its prison?
Or did I want to go with aesthetics over theme and just zoom in on the eggs and confetti alone? We still have the theme of confinement vs. release, but just on two levels. It did make for a more attractive photo without the bag, I think.
But if I came in closer and from a slightly different angle, might the bag work? Not really, because now I’ve lost the confetti!
This was my final shot–in close so I lost most of everything but the eggs. A bit of confetti showing, but losing the fluidity of the spill and pooling of the confetti. Somehow, this shot seems too rigid.
All in all, although I usually prefer closeups, I think I like the third shot the best. What do you think? Any advice?