February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016

Sweat and Swing

Photograph by Dotan Saguy, National Geographic Your Shot

Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California, has been a popular spot for fitness fanatics since it was first built in the 1930s. It’s also one of Your Shot member Dotan Saguy’s favorite places to photograph “because of the layering opportunities as well as the opportunities to compose ... frames within the frame.” Saguy had been alerted to the main subject of this image and was intrigued by the intense facial expressions the man made during his workouts. “I had been trying many different ideas there,” Saguy writes. “One day [I] was lucky enough to bump into this particular situation which had a strong subject in the foreground and its complete opposite in the background, both of which were framed by the bars.”

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6 comments
Niraj Shah
Niraj Shah

Wonderful click in very heard light. 
Black and white give us more better look...  
because of background swinging girl picture gets a depth...  

David Korte
David Korte

The "complete opposite" may take offense with that label. :) 

Kimberly Brown
Kimberly Brown

@David Korte I had to read that again too, but I think he just means just like there's a strong subject in the foreground, there's a strong strong subject in the background. Don't take offense, because there may be a language barrier which skews the way he words things. 

Campbell Munn
Campbell Munn

@Kimberly Brown @David Korte A reason as to why he may state "strong subject in the background and the opposite in the background" because of the orientation of the people. The man in the foreground stands tall with his chin up but the subject in the background is inverted and in a weak position.

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

Very Cool ! reminds me of one of my favorite musicians, "Seal" but never seen a seal that far up the beach!

Again cool shot and Congratulations Dotan !


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