Category Archives: 3 – Dividing the frame

Exercise – Balance

In this exercise, I am looking at the theory of balance in composition and I have taken six images from my photo library that I think have some elements of balance which I have indicated on the photos and also added a drawing of scales to suggest which form of balance ratio they represent.

Balance-1a

Balance-2a

 

 

 

Balance-5a Falcrum-1

The above images all have a large subject close to the centre and a smaller object opposite nearer the edge; so similar to the balancing of two objects of different weights on a fulcrum, as illustrated.

Balance-3-resized-a

Falcrum-3The above images suggest the balancing of three focal points one in the middle and two at equal distances on either side, as illustrated by the diagram.

Balance-4-resized-aFalcrum-2
This last image roughly illustrates a balance of two equally sized and space subjects either side of the fulcrum.

Exercise – Positioning the Horizon

Horizon 4

In this exercise I have explored using the horizon as a key factor in composition; and below I have produced some photographs to illustrate how the position of the horizon can effect both positively and negatively an image, particularly landscapes.

I have used two types of images to try to illustrate that depending on the subject the horizon you can also create mood in your composition.

Bridge 1River B&W 1a

Bridge 2River B&W 2
Bridge 3River B&W 3Bridge 4River B&W 4Bridge 5River B&W 5Bridge 6River B&W 6Bridge 7
River B&W 7