I employed my bossiest self, trying to get everyone quickly positioned for 1 or two shots, and drafted a kind bystander. I knew there would just be brief moments that other visitors to the building would pause and kindly let us get the shot.
I had my external flash (Nikon SB800) all set and ready to go, so that I could get some fill flash, given the backlighting, manual mode, f/7.1, 1/125,ISO 400, and 16-85mm lens at 30 mm.
Here are a few cropped images, breaking the larger photo into 2 smaller to show more of the detail of us. I was really excited about this photo, and pleased that the railing seemed to provide much more casual, relaxed body language rather than the usual line-up.
I put off editing the photo for awhile, thinking about it, wanting to make sure I took some time with it. But guess what I discovered this morning as I took a look at it!
Brian (the guy in the BLUE on the right in this last photo) had pulled a vanishing act! It wasn't until this morning that I realized that he's not in the photo at all! Gone! Vanished!
You know how sometimes you can't find something, but you feel compelled to keep going back and looking in the same places to find it--the key, or the phone, or whatever--even though you've already looked at that exact same spot several times and it's not there. Our brains just seem to want to complete the gestalt. Well, because I could swear I had also "bossed" Brian into position along with everyone else (who all, I might add, were extremely cooperative, and kind, and SHOWED UP IN THE PHOTO), I keep going back to this shot and searching to see if Brian is really there, but I've misplaced him somehow.
Nope. Not there. And I don't think the magic eraser of Photoshop did away with him either. See that railing in front of everyone? Do you think it would be bad form for me to next time HANDCUFF a certain family member into place for the group shot?