Exercise: Curves (TAoP)

Take four photographs using curves to emphasize movement and direction.

The aim of this exercise is to show how curves can add a feeling of movement and direction as well as grace, smoothness and elegance to an image.
At first glance I was slightly unsure of what kind of ‘curves’ this exercise required. Curves are EVERYWHERE! This course is all about interpretation, so there is no right or wrong – with this in mind I took to the streets to see what unusual curves i could capture. Again, weather permitting ,I wanted to try to stay clear of the obvious examples such as curved steps, roads/railway lines etc.

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This curve is unmissable. I like how it creates an overhang and is very prominent set against the static horizontal and vertical lines. It certainly adds smoothness to a rather rigid image. The eye instinctively follows the curve from let to right.

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The curve in the footpath here leads your eye along the waters edge and towards the trees in the centre of the image – thus conveying movement through the use of curves.

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This picture of a ukulele uses curves to convey a feeling of smoothness and grace. Your eye follows the lines from top to bottom of the image. At first I wasn’t too keen on the black vertical lines (strings) being in the image, but on second thoughts I think it contrasts with the curves nicely. The shadow in the centre also produces an aesthetic crescent like curve.

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The curves in this image are almost light tight curls. They are very pleasing to the eye and form a pattern/sequence. The bottom curves to the right are lost against the dark background (the shrub) but the formation is repeated in a smaller scale on the higher railings. There is also a slight curve in the tree to the left which i think adds some interest to the picture.

I have learnt from this exercise that landscape curves tend to convey movement, whereas smaller curved details work at conveying smoothness etc.

Again, the weather was not great while i was out – bring on spring!!

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