Monthly Archives: December 2013

Exercise: Positioning a point (TAoP)

There are essentially three classes of position for placing a point in the frame: in the middle, a little off-centre and close to the edge. Take three photographs where there is a single point placed in a different part of the frame.

This exercise reminded me of one in the introductory phase – ‘fitting frame to subject’ the theory behind both exercises is very similar.
‘The Photographer’s Eye’ (2007), Freeman describes a point as being the most fundamental element of design in a photograph. A point has to be small in the frame and must contrast with its surroundings in some way in order to be significant.

I’ve spent quite a while looking over my archived photos and have noticed that I vary rarely place a point directly in the centre. I think this gives it a clinical, static feel to it. The majority of my shots tend to be close to the edge as I personally feel this is more effective. This can also be done using cropping.

It is mentioned that for ‘Elements Of Design’ the pictures can be in black and white – something i’m very happy about!

I haven’t done any editing for these pics as I don’t think that it is necessary.

The first shot is with the point in the middle.
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The second is slightly off centre (to the left)
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The next is off centre to the right
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And finally, at the edge of the image
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My preferred image is the last – i think the positioning makes a rather boring picture just a little bit more interesting.
I used a wide aperture which I think emphasizes the’point’ as pretty much anything that is not intended to be in focus isn’t – making the viewers eye go directly to the subject in focus (wherever it may be in regards to framing)

I will re do this exercise using a larger f number to see whether there is a difference once the whole frame is in sharp focus.

Jorg Dickmann

I recently spotted a picture that caught my eye. It is a street scene by German photographer Jorg Dickmann who i have recently discovered is renowned for his urban street scenes and long exposures.

I love how colourful and captivating his pictures are. Many of them have had a post production tweak or two but i think they are so current and vivid.

The photo that first caught my eye was this piece:

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As a whole i feel the concept of the image is very basic. There isn’t a great deal going on (no action, no landscape/buildings, no people) just some raindrops and background lighting. It has made me realize that you can take beautiful pictures without over-powering the scene with objects and detailing.

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This long exposure is another one of my faves – It definitely depicts New York as ‘the city that never sleeps’

Considering it was the colours of Dickmanns photos that first grabbed my eye I searched for a black and white image.

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This image certainly didn’t disappoint me – I think it is as powerful, if not more, than the colour images.

I’m off to go and see what street scenes I can capture in London…..

Assignment 1: Feedback

I have just received my tutor feedback on my first assignment with the OCA and I am very pleased with the comments.
I have been given plenty of advice and lots of extra reading which i cannot wait to get started with.

I actually felt slightly nervous while opening up my feedback, but on the whole it was very positive. I agree that some photos worked better than others and that a continuing narrative could work very well.

So, i’m off to get starting on my extra reading 🙂

Tutor Feedback:

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As mentioned in the OCA handbook and also in my tutors comments, we are not required to make changes to this assignment, but I did crop the examples for ‘straight’ and ‘curved’ so they were more uniformed. No other changes were made.