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Dutch Angles, Yay or Nay?

I had a conversation with my blogging friend Stacy at Visual Venturing about Dutch Angles and how I typically don’t prefer this photography technique, so I thought I’d show you one of my own. This image wasn’t intentionally shot this way as I typically do not attempt to capture just half of a person’s body, and I didn’t intend for the scene to look like the cyclist was cycling down a steep hill. I caught sight of his motorcycle-looking bicycle at the last second and clicked the shutter as my arm swung with my stride. It was a total fluke that I got this much of him in the frame.

Side note: I strongly recommend that you click over to Stacy’s blog to see the great imagery she posts each day. She’s one of my favorite bloggers and has become a great friend.

The truth of the matter is, I can’t seem to figure out what it is about this image that I actually like, but there is something pulling me in. Perhaps it IS the Dutch Angle, or the fact that the subject’s motion is enhanced by the image being completely out of focus, or maybe I like that the subject is just entering the frame and appears to be taking us for a ride somewhere.

In either case, I give you this shot today. I’d love to hear from you and find out what may or may not strike you about this image. I find it utterly confusing.

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