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.
The second is slightly off centre (to the left)
The next is off centre to the right
And finally, at the edge of the image
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.
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:
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.
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.
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…..
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 🙂
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.