I found this assignment very challenging but I am now starting to think and see in a new way. My lesson brought forward from my last assignment was that I needed to do more background reading to help me understand what was being asked of me. Therefore, before starting this assignment I purchased and read: The photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman; Composition, Basics Photography 01 by David Prakel and Design Principles, Basics Photography 01 by Jeremy Webb. I wish that I had found these books before doing assignment 1 as on the whole I was way off the mark from what was expected and what I imagined was asked. These books helped me to understand this subject and has started me to think and see in a new and more artistic way.
I actually first thought that plants would be an easy subject as they are all around us; but Mike has pointed out in his appraisal I quickly began to realize that it wasn’t going to be so easy after all, but I persevered and I am happy with the results.
As I began to take pictures I used the idea of artistically composed images that I would imaging you may find framed on the walls of a Garden Centres Café, which later influenced my idea to print large and on reflection was unnecessary.
Single dominant point. On reading Mikes comments, I now can see that if I had applied the golden section principle I could have made a better composition. I believe that the second (middle) colour image in my blog that I illustrated as one of the three that I didn’t use was closer to the golden section and may have been a better choice. Reason for this is that in my opinion the positioning and direction the rose faces would make for a better balanced picture as it is pointing in towards the empty space; so making use of it by drawing the viewers eye across.
Two dominant points. This is my favourite shot and all my families. In order to get this picture I had to take it from a greater distance than I would have liked and had to enlarge to bring out the image, which sacrifices quality. Fortunately I my D800 has a with very high resolution; so I was just about able to get away with it for printing.
Several points in a deliberate shape. Yes on reflection the dandelion is a distraction. I was thinking of including dynamic balance in this composition but the yellow is too strong and draws attention away from the intended subject.
A combination of horizontal and vertical lines. This was the challenge that seriously had me doubting my wisdom for choosing plants, but I thought this composition offered all the elements that I was searching for. Perhaps I could have found better examples but the harder I looked the less I could see; so I settled for this.
Rhythm. I just couldn’t see rhythm in anything I looked at and this was the best attempt that I could make. I think that the photo I used for Distinctive if irregular shapes may have worked for rhythm