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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The relationship between points

Continuing to expand on the use of points this exercise is when there are 2 points in the frame. Where there was only a single point in the previous exercise and it's relationship between the point and frame, now we have 2 points the relationship is also between these points, competing for attention and creating an implied line, normally from one more dominate point to the other.


The objective of the exercise is to record which of the points are more dominate as well as think about the direction of the implied line in relation to the points. These images were taken on different days and locations. So I will describe the shoot as necessary.

At the beginning of the ‘Elements of Design’ section it was suggested to consider using the images in Mono / greyscale for the section; with the idea that without a colour distraction it could focus the attention of the design elements of the picture.


This was taken on a recent trip into London in which we went on the London Eye experience and took advantage of the great viewpoint for some photographs. I noticed people enjoying the sun out on Jubilee Gardens and could see the opportunity for points on the ground. I didn’t have to work too hard to frame the shot, I was just lucky with the timing for it and I’m finding it hard to determine the dominate point in this image.
250mm f/6.70 1/125 sec ISO 100

Although the larger point has weight over the people walking away the position of the walkers draws attention for their implied movement away from the more static (sitting and having a picnic). Both points are are also approximately on opposing diagonal points of the rule of thirds (not planned this was a point and shoot moment). I noticed some lines in the top of the frame that ‘touch’ the larger point and perhaps draws the eye towards more; with that in mind the top right point is more dominant, but I think it’s a close one.


Another shot take from the London eye, this time though I had to change the orientation of the camera to get the 2 points within the frame. There are flaws to the image (in fact both of the London eye shots are blurred) but they illustrate the exercise.

250mm f/6.70 1/125 sec ISO 100

The top point is the more dominate in terms of size, however the implied line and motion of the girl running away from the couple adds interest and ‘story’ to the image, as well as that the lower part of a vertical orientation often attracts the attention first (Remember the exercise in vertical and horizontal frames the tendency is to position the main subject lower in the frame). With that in mind the girl so it still attracts a fair amount of attention also.


I took this while out walking the dog (always with the projects in mind though). My dog is the Samoyed in the centre of the frame. A small black dog decided to have some fun with Sophie and was running around her. I tried to keep them both more in the frame but, boy did that dog move fast!
45mm f/5.6 1/180 sec ISO 100

Sophie is bulls eye frames and the white of her fur adds contrast to the grass (both colour and mono) so has the dominance of the image, the small black dog is close to the left edge of the frame and smaller in size which balances it. There is a slight blur to the black dog (it was so fast!) which adds interest. The implied line between the two is emphasised by the way the black do is facing (eye-line implied line..well I have read ahead a bit!) and although the size if image is too small to see but blown up Sophie was looking back.


I realised that I had taken a few shots for this exercise, but I was intrigued by the idea of unresolved composition between 2 points.

55mm f/5.6 1/250 sec ISO 100

Although this was taken as close as I could I still had to crop the image so that the eyes were as central as possible within the frame. Looking at the points from a design perspective their position in the frame being equal for both  attracts the same attention, however from a human perspective looking into eyes is emotive and it’s that human aspect that is the dominate part of the image.

From doing this exercise, and some reading ahead, I get the feeling that a lot of these design elements are related, or at least compliment one another and imply each other. Not quite got my finger on what I’m trying to say yet but I do believe from the course text “the idea of things being implied in composition is an important one” and I am starting to notice this more in the exercises.

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