Category Archives: 1 – Looking through the viewfinder

Exercise – A sequence of composition

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In this exercise I visited a local market in Spain to practice spotting potential images and practising a practical process of composition in a real world situation where opportunities for images appear and vanish in a matter of seconds. My first attempt at this exercise was using my DSLR however, I found that the camera drew too much attention and I also felt vulnerable. I therefore decided to return on another day with a smaller less conspicuous and less valuable camera which was a small Canon digital point and shoot “snapper”.
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Taken as I entered the market I wanted to capture an image of a variety of shoppers as they came from the street.

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Two friends greet each other at the entrance. The Spanish markets are a very sociable affair and it is not uncommon to witness friends and family embracing each other in greeting.
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As I walked through the market I took pictures as discreetly as possible in order not to be noticed and try to capture natural moments.
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When passing this stand with the sunglasses, I thought a picture of the glasses laid out might make a nice image.
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Two shoppers look on as a Spanish crippled busker plays his accordion.

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Jewellery on sale makes a for nice patterned texture and the fruit make brightly coloured triangles.

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The candid view of shoppers and market stool holders photographed as quickly and discreetly to avoid being noticed which required more luck than judgment for composition.

This last photo is my favourite and I had a few seconds to spot the subject and compose and shoot before the moment was lost.
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Seeing this man texting, I noticed the bag with the heart behind him and the flowers in the foreground that all suggested an amorous text to a girlfriend. However, it was pure luck that his friend chose to look over his shoulder just as I was composing it! Pity I didn’t have my DSLR for a better shot.

Object in different positions in the frame

The river Thames by my local town of Chertsey is in flood and so I chose to use a park bench that normally would provide visitors and hikers a pleasant place to sit and rest as the subject of this exercise.
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Fitting the frame to the subject

In this exercise I wanted a subject that was fairly compact and clear in appearance and a little bit interesting; so I chose to photograph the antique naval gun displayed on the green in my local village. I decided to use black and white for these images as I thought that it most suited this subject.

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The first shot I took was just a quick snap-shot of the gun.
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