A place to think about composition in photography

Colour harmony

Lifeboat House, Norfolk

If you’ve ever been disappointed with an overcast cloudy sky, it is worth noting that the calm even light is very good for details in a landscape.

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Planning, Patience and Presence

I receive a lot of mail about the quality of light at the time the picture is taken.

Photoshop can only do so much.

Memorable photographs are created with a combination of Planning, Patience and Presence to respond to the moment. Or, as some may say – luck 🙂

Climbing the wall

Climbing the wall

This picture was taken at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  I knew the sun would shine through the wooden grille in the café.

The shadows cast by the people in the café caught my eye so I waited.  And waited a bit more.

Then a child started to climb the grille, and this is picture I captured before Mum gently brought her mountaineer back to earth.

This one catches my eye as I scan through the thumbnails of my collections so I think you’ll like it too.


Blue and White

A bit of winter sunshine, taken in Greece.

Looking Up

Looking Up

I was drawn to the simplicity of the stark geometric shapes and reduced colour palette.

This is a block of flats, painted white to reflect the merciless heat of the sun, with a blue sun screen canopy on the top floor.

I thought about photoshopping the bushes that stick out from each floor, but they break up the brutality of the architecture and add interest.  These distractions from the strong composition add interest that makes the viewer look longer.

The thought processes can flash through one’s mind – “I wonder what they are,  Ah, herb bushes.  Someone must look after them.  A hint of humanity.  I wonder what it’s like to live there…”

Composition is more than pure geometry, it gets engaging when our curiosity is linked to people, even in small ways.


Waves

A self portrait this time.  Taken in Sheffield.  Getting closer to objective reality.

Self portrait with waves

Waves


Red

This is another straight shot (apart from minor cropping)

Taken with my iPhone.  It was fascinating watching the way it struggled with the lighting conditions.

I like the mystery this photograph creates, what is it, how did he do that?  For me it is one of those images you can lose yourself in.  It is deliberately abstract. The objective reality and technical details are irrelevant.

See what you think:

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Sunshine and Showers

A Showery day today when we were out walking at Roseberry Topping.  Then the spring sun came out and I took this shot.

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

I quite liked the effect created here.  It is all done in camera with minor tweaks to the colour levels in Photoshop.  If you want to know the details just drop me a line via the blog.


Creating a sense of calm

The calm is created by the rhythm of the repeating lines of the lime trees in this picture.  The repetition is  reassuring the more we look at the image.

I took a variant of this shot with some people walking down the aisle.  I found they altered the sense of calm. so I chose this photograph to share with you.  The mind can wander more when people are absent from a Landscape.

Avenue of Lime Trees

Avenue of Lime Trees

There are no threats to us here, it feels as though you could walk into the picture and explore the avenue in complete safety.  The protective canopy of the trees reinforces this subliminal feeling of care and safety.