Drawn to a stare

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Cape Town, South Africa : Canon 20D : EF135mm f2: 1/320 : f4.0

Children can have incredibly intense stares. However, it is not always obvious what they are looking at. It might not matter. In this case, I could not take my eyes off the child’s glare, being captivated by the intensity in his eyes. Capturing an intense stare can be a great way to capture a viewer’s attention. We are naturally drawn to the eyes and with images often more so.

This child staring over a fence within a South African township tells a story of hardship and determination. Often there are only a few fleeting seconds to evaluate the composition. In this case, it was achieved in post-production, both the cropping and finding a Photoshop ‘curves adjustment’ that would allow the boys head to remain within the dynamic range of the image despite the glare of the mid-day sun.