For the Camera Challenge at the Littlest Thistle, Katy set the assignment this month to find photos on-line that we consider inspiring and interesting compositions, that we would like to aim for.
I found some wonderful photos in the photography section of Pinterest, and have acknowledged the owner where possible, but many of the photos were without the photographer's name. I apologise to anyone whose work I have included without giving recognition.
I was looking to learn lessons on composition and made some discoveries about the use of triangles in composing a photo (or a drawing or painting, for that matter). More about that towards the end of this very long post.
Here are some portraits:
Here the face is turned away slightly yet the eyes are looking straight into the camera, so that the left eye is at the centre of the photo. I like the way most of the head-dress is out of picture giving prominence to the facial expression.
Not full-face again; this time almost in profile, and again we have to imagine most of the head-dress. The face occupies the centre top sixth of the whole photo. I like this style of portrait, because of what's not seen - this creates mystery and raises questions: why is she dressed this way? where's she going?
It seems that the old
and perhaps also the very young can be photographed full face. This makes the subject open, hiding nothing, no mystery. The child below is interestingly looking to one side. These three portraits may or may not be posed but each gives the impression of being the natural state.
Perspective is another topic that features predominantly in my selection.With the vanishing point in the centre:
|03 New York black/white Photography by Frédéric Bourret|
|by Robert Doisneau|
|Cars Paris 1950s Robert Frank|
This one is humour! If you imagine a line linking the back wheels of the pram and the first car, and do the same with the front wheels you get a triangle with its apex in the foreground, as opposed to the usual perspective with the apex in the distance. Extend the line on the left and you find more wheels - another car and a bicycle. This can't have been posed; I wonder how many photos Robert Frank took that day to get this one shot, and that in the pre-digital era too!
and to one side:
|Paris 1950s Robert Frank|
|Werribee Mansion Melbourne, Australia by Scott Carr|
|The Burma Railroad|
Miscellaneous I have included because:I mostly photograph plants and here the lighting is perfect
|Podoserpula Pusio (photographer or subject? Update: It's the subject: see Dasha's comment below.)|
and because some photos are just plain clever:
|Linda Morand by Helmut Newton _ Vogue Paris, September 1973.|
I don't want to take fashion photos but I think this is an interesting example of the use of the triangle in composition. Here the apex is off-stage right, in the "Cars" photo the apex is centre front, in the tulips it's centre right. In the perspective photos the apex of the triangle is the vanishing point, in the distance.
As for collecting other people's photographs I shall be doing that more often in future.
Meanwhile I'm linking up to
so head over there and see more inspiring photographs.