Anticipation: noun. Expectation or hope.
We've all been there. Hanging on by a thread, excited for the outcome, hoping things go in our favor. Maybe it's waiting to hear about the birth of a child, a big job offer, the lottery numbers or springtime in Pittsburgh. Whatever reason it might be, anticipation is a universal emotion.
Anticipation is a look on the face, body language, and feeling. It provokes tension. Capturing it in a picture can elevate the image to another level.
Why it works:
In the photo "Waiting for the Call," anticipation is present on every face and in the body language of the umpire. From the kickup of dust on the lower left to the extended hand of the official on the upper right, there is a diagonal line leading your eye quickly through the frame. Diagonals provide speed and power. Over and over triangles are formed by the people in the picture adding strength and dynamism to the composition. The fence, divided into three rectangles, emulates the three players in the foreground but contrasts with them in their geometry.
And then there's the timing of the shot. A fraction of a second earlier or later and the image would not be what it is. The composition would be off, the expressions changed, and the umpire's hand, arm, and foot would not be in position. Practice anticipating action makes this image, not the burst of a motor drive. One frame is all you need. One frame is all I got.