A place to think about composition in photography

Mystery

Blue Swirl

The National Trust is a wonderful part of British life.  Even better, they allow photography in their stately homes and precious houses.  Thank you.IMG_6387_7x5


Curves

Colours and lines attract me.

This picture is a variant on the lead-in style of composition.

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Curves

I like the simplicity of the composition, the dynamic sweeps of the curves are a powerful effect.

You’ll know I’m quite aware of the horizon in my pictures.  In this one the eye searches out a line and the only one that matches our preconceptions is the roughly horizontal line right at the top of the image.  This adds to the powerful effect and holds the attention. Well, it works for me anyway, tell me what you think…


Three Dots in Manchester

I find producing these abstract pictures rather rewarding.

This is another one taken on my iPhone.  It is a straight shot again, very little done in photoshop except for minor cropping.

Three Dots - Manchester

Three Dots – Manchester

This is part of the one square km series as this was taken within a small area.

Working within constraints of technology, time and space is something I find fascinating.  I hope you do too.


Pink Orange

Playing with my iPhone camera is still producing interesting pictures.  I have a new rather powerful SLR camera to replace my last one and more pictures from that later, and probably musings on the technology fetish aspect of photographers.

In the meantime, it’s not really about the technology, rather about what you do with it that counts.

Stripping back photographs to a minimal essence is a rather rewarding and somehow meditative experience.  It makes me think harder and I need that.

Again this one is a straight shot, apart from a little cropping.  In case you wonder why these are cropped, we make cards from these and many others that you won’t see on the blog and we give them to friends.   I’m not doing this to make money.

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Pink Orange

 


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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Crack in the Universe

It’s been a little while since my last post.  I’ve been busy and had to replace my camera too.  More of that later.

In the meantime I’ve a few iPhone pictures for you.  All were taken in one small area of Manchester.

This is the first.  No photoshop effects, straight shot apart from very slight cropping:

Crack in the Universe

Crack in the Universe


Looking Up

I’m playing with my iPhone.  Not a bad camera on this toy.

Kings Cross

Kings Cross