Hey, from the back you could be the pope!
Hey, Blog Guy! It’s me, that aspiring photojournalist you’ve been mentoring…
You say mentoring, I say avoiding… What do you need to know today about the exciting field of news photography?
They sent me to the Vatican to get shots of the pope, and I wanted you to critique them. So what do you think?
Um, where is he?
He’s right there, Blog Guy! Behind those palm leaves. Look, you can see his eye and some of his hair.
Didn’t you get anything that shows a little more of him?
Of course! Look at this other shot. You can sort of make out the back of his head through that cloud of incense.
Look Kid. You need to show the pope’s face. Let’s say a guy knocks at my door right now, and says he’s the pope. Your pictures don’t help me figure out if he’s telling the truth or not, do they?
Well, I guess you could just ask to see some ID. Or you could light some incense and then tell him to turn around…
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Benedict XVI is engulfed in incense smoke as he arrives to lead the mass in memory of John Paul II on the anniversary of his death in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 29, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi