This photograph was part of a series of photos shot with a photojournalistic approach and intent. The objective was to document the performance of my church's children, youth and adult choirs performing on Orchard Road as part of Celebrate Christmas in Singapore 2008.
This shot was actually due to a bit of good timing, and a lot of chance. My original intent was to capture the many dramatic expressions of this choral conductor (he's very animated) so I was just crouched down, waiting for an expression to come along. He then also moved to his right suddenly, revealing the stage lights behind him (that were illuminating the choir), and this was how the flare that you see in the image came about.
At first glance, I thought it wasn't a very technically sound image as the flare actually resulted in a bad loss in contrast. I converted it to a monochrome image to play around a little and see if some of the contrast could be brought back in monochrome, and was pleasantly surprised with the result. The elimination of colour actually meant the subject stood out a little better.
In the end, I thought that the shot was a keeper for me, because the flare gave a sense of something majestic, something angelic. It's definitely something different, not your usual technically sound picture.
I'd like feedback firstly on the composition. Does it work for you, that there is so little room on top of his left hand, and with the slight outline of Ngee Ann City over his right shoulder?
Secondly, I'd like feedback on whether the flare works for or against the image. Does it give you a sense of something glorious or something majestic, or is it a mere distraction?