After talking with Paul about this I decided to look through the archives and see how often I chop heads and torsos off in my photos. I was a little surprised at how many I found. Here are a few from the last couple months.
A contestant stands on his toes to reach the microphone during a Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan., 23, 2013.
I already had a few photos of children standing at the microphone, thinking and reacting as they were asked to spell various words. I noticed that a few of the children were not tall enough to speak into the microphone and were standing on their toes to be heard.
Caleb Bennett holds on during the bareback competition in National Circuit Finals Rodeo at the State Fair Arena, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Although the rider’s head was not chopped off, it was obstructed. The hat hovering in the air really was what made the photo for me.
Harrah's Darian Hill leaps for the ball beside Deer Creek's Shae Scheffler during their girls high school basketball game in the Bethany Classic tournament at the Sawyer Center in Bethany, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
There is still a face in this photo but the defender’s head was cropped out to emphasize the girl floating inches from the ground as she dives for the the ball.
Here are few more examples that are more common. Usually the photo involves a child or an animal that is not at the same eye level as the other person in the photo.
Heist, a bi-color Persian is groomed by Jack Nichols during the Oklahoma City Cat Club cat show in Oklahoma City, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Michael Elden, 5, of Blanchard, looks up at his father Mark Elden as they get their picture taken during the Science Museum Oklahoma for the Bright Night of Star Wars sleepover on Friday, March 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
To all those who I’ve beheaded, I apologize.