by Brad Nelson 9/19/17
The purpose of this post is as a place to share some photos. We will be setting themes and dishing out assignments. For now, if you have a photo you deem worthy of sharing, email to me. I will be picky. If it doesn’t get selected, keep trying. I’ll try to give feedback on what you need to do better.
Let’s start with one from Gibblet that does make the cut.
It’s a splendid shot. You have a lot of interesting subjects in there: the sky, the mountain, the front row of trees, the back row of trees, and the moon. And you have the vibrant colors in high contrast.
I like it. But one crucial aspect to any photo is framing. And I think this wonderful photo can be improved simply by cropping like this.
The uncropped photos sort of pulls your eye to the left into the blank space. It’s out of balance. It’s okay to have that negative space there, but it works best if there is something on the other side to counter-balance it, like a big black dog or maybe an umbrella. Keep things like this in mind.
In the cropped shot (which you may or may not see as an improvement), the two rows of trees now balance each other nicely, with one soldiery row in front and one at attention in back. The moon is now off-center and balanced by the wonderful off-center main trunk of the frontmost palm tree.
It’s a judgment call, but I decided to crop the top off a little. I think this provides more of a wonderful illusion of looking into a porthole to a very expansive space. The cropped center tree is unbound while the other one just sort of stops you and you lose a little visual drama.
Agree or not, these are the types of things to think about when first framing a photo and then presenting it. This is really splendid photo that shows there was some thought put into composition in the first place.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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