“Show us a swarm today: large group, moving together. Birds. Bugs. Kids. Taxi cabs. Your subjects can be big or small, animate or inanimate — whatever they are, you just need a lot of them.” ~ Michelle W.
Pictured below is a “swarm” of seals. This was taken at Point Reyes, CA, and the seals were everywhere!
Included in this theme’s challenge was this tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter. Spend time watching and planning your frame, so that you can take a photo that captures a unique moment in the larger scene.
With the photo of the seals, I didn’t feel I’d really captured a unique moment in a larger scene so I added these 2 photos below that incorporated that idea.
The first photo gives you the big picture, it’s more of a point and shoot version. This is the scene from the start of the 2014 Everglades Challenge. Small boats (man-powered and wind-powered only) start at Ft. De Soto on either a 60-mile or 300-mile race. They cross the Tampa Bay and dodge the other boat traffic along the way, some of which is enormous in comparison.
Warren Richey wrote the book Without a Paddle about his experience racing in the Everglades Challenge. He described a scene like the one above as like being under attack by a Lilliputian Army. This is not an exact quote, just me recollecting his reference to a Lilliputian Army and how perfect a description that was.
The picture below is the one that captures a unique moment in a larger scene. With the rowboat in the foreground and freighter and smaller boats in the background, it provides much more of a contrast than the overall, big picture does.