Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The Frame Ex 2

This exercise involved taking a series of pictures with the object of the image in different parts of the frame. I have to be honest here and say that I'm really struggling to get over the strong urge to make every single picture I produce for this course a 'world beater'. This exercise was no exception and I've fallen badly behind because I've been waiting for perfect conditions to come together (including weather, subject and inspiration)! I have GOT to get over this or else I'll be 85 by the time I finish the course and I'll be collecting my degree using a zimmer frame...

With that in mind, I have decided to use a series of pictures I took of my photographer's assistant while on the beach with our two dogs Basil and Rosie last summer at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall. The background is rather busier than I think the exercise is asking for but I think they convey the point of the exercise...

This first image was an image taken to test lighting conditions without much thought to composition (which is actually quite difficult because I automatically tend to compose every time I put the viewfinder to my eye):

Image 1 - Subject central/right side

This next one has the subject central in the frame but in the lower half allowing the horizon to be near the top third line:
2 - Subject central lower third
The next two have the subject to the left of the image in varying degrees:
3 - Subject far left corner

4 - Subject left on thirds intersection

This final image  has the subject at the right of the frame in a vertical composition:
5 - subject right
Learning outcomes:
The image that works best for me is image 4. The subject is on the intersection of thirds (following the 'rule of thirds') but also as she is looking right, you can follow her line of sight and you are led into the image. 1 and 5 look unbalanced with the subject on the right of the frame and are the worst of the images in my view. Image 2 os ok but a little boring. It is rescued somewhat by the horizon being in a pleasing place around the upper third intersection. Although image 3 doesn't follow the 'rules', it is actually quite an interesting composition I think because it accentuates the lovely location. That said, if I had followed the brief strictly and had an even background, it would look very unbalanced.