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Posts tagged “winter

Breaking the rules: Just use the edge of a photograph

For successful pictures, conventional wisdom on composition dictates that you need:

  • Foreground, to contain detail
  • Middle ground, to convey depth
  • Background, to add context

Then you need:

  • Lead-in lines to further create depth and guide the eye through the picture
  • Colour contrast for interest, if a green landscape, add something red.
  • Use the golden section to set the dimensions of the image and place points of interest within it for beauty.

Hmmm..  this is all very nice and will produce pleasing images. However:

  • Everyone learns these rules in the same way, from textbooks, magazines and how-to sites
  • or..
  • We absorb these rules by looking at images that surround us, particularly those that win competitions

So many pictures, and yet isn’t it surprising that so few are memorable?

So much for the words, how about putting into action, I hear you say..

Well, how about this picture:

The photographer and the lamp post IMG_0029b

Using only the edges of a picture IMG_0029b

This follows few, if any of those rules,  It shouldn’t work, but it does.

On another level, I wonder how the photograph he is taking of her came out?

Learn the conventional wisdom or rules, such as they are.  Then you are in an informed position to try something new.

If it works for you, tell me about it, I’d be fascinated to see what you create.


Tree House

Trees in the winter can be stark things rather devoid of colour.  This is a different look at a tree.

Tree House

Tree House

Wintry blue skies can be intense, especially if they are contrasted with warmer colours.

I liked the pattern of lichens on the ancient roof tiles, they are suggestive of foliage when combined with the shadow of the tree.


A Different Perspective on Buckden Trees

Deep blue skies always attract my attention.

Looking up, looking down and behind you when out walking in places you know well is a good habit to acquire.  It makes you see more and challenges your assumptions.

I’m still playing with capturing different perspectives.  Creating a slightly mysterious twist on a familiar landscape really appeals to the iconoclast in me.

Buckden Trees

Buckden Trees

This picture is another relatively straight shot with minor tweaks in Photoshop to remove spots and specks, and some exposure adjustment.

I like this, hope you do too


Composing with limited palette and colours

The limited colours made this picture attractive to me.  Just the white of the snow and the shadows are blue light reflected from a clear winter sky.

 

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snow lines

The photograph has an abstract quality, it is very difficult to know what part of the landscape this is. The composition is very simple too.  the repeating horizontal lines are the first thing the viewer notices and this gives the sense of calm.

The viewer then notices the detail within the horizontal elements, there are lots of complex shapes within this seemingly simple picture.  Looking closer you will see lots of snowflakes.  This is not the snow as it fell but is caused by partial melting and recrystallisation of snow over several days in very cold, dry conditions.