The Group Photo

One of the required products of a weekend field trip is a group photo.

On our Big Loop Trip this summer, we joined up with the Essig Museum group for one weekend in the southern Sierras, and had a very fun time with them.  Just before Kip, John, and I departed for New Mexico, we took a group photo.  Here it is. and I would claim that, while nice, it is relatively boring.  We are all standing up nice and straight, which is good, but it just doesn’t have much compelling about it.

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Much more interesting is the progression toward that point.  Instead of a group photo, why not a group stop-motion animation, frame by frame?  It might start with this picture

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and then one of the players might move to the side, making room for other folks,

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and there can be a dash as one of the photographers (Joyce Gross) runs into view after setting up her camera

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and then the other photographer (me) steps in

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and we are almost ready

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and now that we have established our boring poses, the default group photo:

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If I hadn’t had the camera going earlier, I wouldn’t have realized how much I prefer one of the less static images.  The one I like the best is one of the middle ones, after we were all in view, but with just enough dynamism in it to be interesting, and to give a sense of spontaneity. This one:

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Much better.  We look much more lively.  By maybe all of us should be running around?  We should have taken a picture while we were all pretending to be scurrying insects.

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