Exercise 1: Positioning a Point

In this first exercise of the part I had to look at the position of a point in an image and how this can affect the image aesthetically, I have used this park bench in a autumnal park as my point, the large scale and use of it as a potential for a useful setting for a portrait.

IMG_3212The subject at the center of the image, like mentioned in the course guides can give an overall static and unappealing composition, especially when there is any form of movement in the image. However this image, although still rather static isn’t under as much scrutiny from those principles. It is however still a rather uninspiring composition that seems rather flat and snappy.

IMG_3213By placing the subject off center, if only slightly has resulted in a big difference in composition and depth. The placement of the bench on a rule of thirds horizontal tangent leads for a pleasing depth and composition and also gives us an interesting line in the path and tree line which help draw our eye along the image, the focal point of this image continues to be strong and eye catching even tho the slight move off center.

IMG_3214This final image shows the point tight against the edge of the frame giving it a secluded and distant feeling which stretches the image making the area seem larger. This general composition of having the subject extremely tight to the edge of the frame is often considered to be poorly composed, giving the subject less context and also in moving subjects risks the chance of cutting of the focal point. This image could be changed completely with the use of a subject, if sat to the right of the bench it gives a whole different balance which could in turn make the image more dynamic.

I think overall as the images stand I prefer the second image, the scene is well balanced and the focal point gives the eye an opportunity to move around the image however with the use of a model on the bench, I think the third image would then be a more balanced and intriguing  image.



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