Studying at Royal Blue Grocery

 

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Mae Amanda Murrell, 21, senior at Southern Methodist University, studies at Royal Blue Grocery in Dallas, Texas on Friday, September 16, 2016. (/Mary Sanford McClure)
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Mae Amanda Murrell, 21, senior at Southern Methodist University, studies at Royal Blue Grocery in Dallas, Texas Friday, September 16, 2016. (/Mary Sanford McClure)
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Mae Amanda Murrell, 21, senior at Southern Methodist University, studies at Royal Blue Grocery in Dallas, Texas on Friday, September 16, 2016. (/Mary Sanford McClure)
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Mae Amanda Murrell, 21, senior at Southern Methodist University, studies at Royal Blue Grocery in Dallas, Texas Friday, September 16, 2016. (/Mary Sanford McClure)
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Mae Amanda Murrell, 21, senior at Southern Methodist University, studies at Royal Blue Grocery in Dallas, Texas Friday, September 16, 2016. (/Mary Sanford McClure)

Capturing a moment without interference in the background or foreground is difficult. I was studying at Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village when I realized this might be an aesthetically pleasing place to take a photograph to fulfill the “rule of thirds” assignment. Royal Blue is a very simply decorated place. They have pretty black and white tile floors, marble countertops and silver chairs.

Mae Amanda met me at the grocery and graciously decided to be my model. The lighting was great to take photographs outside. It was around 4:30, and the sun was behind the clouds. This allowed for flat light with no harsh shadows.

We had to wait for people to walk by, people to move their trash, and for the lighting to be perfect so that we could capture the best picture possible. We even moved locations because the people in the background were drawing too much attention.

Mae is captured in the bottom left corner of every picture. We can see the background without it commanding the photograph. Through this assignment I learned how much better a photograph looks when the subject is not directly in the center.

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