Photo by Matthew James Harrison
The Copenhagen Sand Festival often brings both gorgeous weather and great photo opportunities.
With both of these images I wanted to highlight the contrast between the deep blue sky and the sand castle itself, so shooting from low down was my first priority. On the wide shot, I also chose to tilt the camera slightly to liven it up a bit. Do not overdo it, though; just a little is enough.
Being a manmade structure, it made sense to get an actual human being in the photographs, so I arranged to meet the festival's art director and manager, Martin Tulinius. Using people in your photographs adds a sense of depth and scale, and often attracts attention to a particular area. Getting them to perform a task also looks more natural and helps your subject to relax.
Sunny days can overexpose photos, so I took a light reading from the sky, which brought out the deep blue tones and the yellows in the sand. I used a 70-200mm lens on the closer picture to focus on the details in the lines. Notice how I kept Martin in the righthand third of the pictures, making the most of artists’ favorite, the Rule of Thirds.