Friday, 11 May 2012

The Relationship between points

These following two images show two points in the same frame. This alters the nature of the image because the relationship is now between the points rather than previously where it was between a single point and the frame.

Image 1
Image 1 shows a dog trainer at work with his Springer Spaniel. The fact they are both looking at each other intently adds to the strength of the relationship between them as points in the frame. Because he is larger, the man appears as the stronger point and dominates the image even though he is facing away from us. The relationship between the points creates a virtual space around them and the viewer tends to ignore the rather busy foreground.

Image 2
Image 2 shows a very stark scene with a red kite flying across a blue sky with only the moon for company. Despite the fact the Kite should be the main focal point, the eye is drawn towards the moon as the larger object.

Image 3 - unresolved tension
Image 3 is a very unsettling one due to the unresolved tension between the equidistant points. The viewer's eye has nowhere else to go other than flit between the two equally strong points in the photo (the subject's eyes) and this makes it uncomfortable to view. The lighting makes the right eye slightly more dominant.

Elements of Design - Positioning a point

The first exercise in the Elements of Design module is about positioning points in photographs.

The following 3 images have single points in different parts of the frame.

Image 1
 Image 1 shows a Retriever popping his head over a Cotswold stone wall. The dog is at the extreme right hand side of the frame and the line of the wall splits the frame roughly in half horizontally. This results in a rather unbalanced image but I believe it still works to a certain extent because the leading line of the wall takes you into the frame and straight to the main point of the image - the dog popping his head over the wall to say hello. The rather unsettling balance emphasises the fleeting nature of the moment to me although a more balanced crop, with the dog at the intersection of the top and right hand third, would perhaps make a more pleasing image to the eye.

Image 2
Image 2 shows a backlit seagull in a bright blue empty sky. The stark nature of the scene is, I believe, emphasised by placing the gull dead centre of a square crop. This usually leads to a very static image but the point of this photo was not to show the movement of the gull but backlit wings against the empty blue sky. 

Image 3
This third image of a gull on Bedruthan beach in Cornwall, is well balanced according to the rule of thirds. The main focal point of the gull, looking into the frame, is at the intersection between thirds and the horizon splits the top third with the sea forming a rough border at the lower third. This leads to a pleasing image with the movement from the sea emphasised by the stationary gull.

Part 2 - Elements of design

After a lengthy break away from my OCA course, I have decided to return to it to try to complete TAOP module. It has been difficult to concentrate on the exercises while I have been setting up my own photography business but if I can use images taken in the course of my work, then I should be able to complete the course.