Old 09-22-2007, 05:29 PM   #1
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After reading some of your comments about my pictures but also to some other pictures, i decided to "study" composition in pictures. I began with a Bryan Peterson book named "Learn To See Creatively" and now i'm reading a cute little book named "Composition" by David Präkel.

To improve the way i look around me, i'm working on "designs" elements : lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns, colours... In a while i will share with you my reflections on these subjects and railroad photography.

Today, i'm sharing with you my first tests. Feel free to comment !


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Frame in the frame


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Old 09-22-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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You forgot the links.
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:47 PM   #3
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Lines, frame in the frame, texture. That's all fine and dandy but, you forget "one" key ingredient: Make the picture worth looking at! IMO there's nothing in any of these that remotely makes me want to observe.
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I quote like the first one. The only problem that I see is the focus on the first pillar. It's in that bad in between of not enough focus/not blurred enough.
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Good effort. The first two didn't catch my attention. They are busy and lack a focal subject.
I like the real possibilities in the third one - not as texture, but as comic. There is a comic face almost there. Just need a prop?

Keep shooting.
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Another look at #2. The building in over the top left corner takes away from the window framing. What about cropping to one window?
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Not sure what has happened, I've been playing with settings on another computer. Anyway,

#1: lots of lines, so many that it is hard to tell which lines define the composition. For my tastes, the receding series of vertical posts are not sufficiently dominant to make the composition. The leftmost post is too close to the camera for my tastes.

This is by far my favorite of the three efforts.

#2: frame within the frame is nice, but what is inside the inner frame is too dense and unstructured for me. I want to see more of a subject within the reflected images in the window, less of a maze of lines and diagonals. It's too hard to tell what they are.

#3: I'm never a fan of too much symmetry. I would crop on the right side, and raise the camera's position a tad so you capture more of the nut (?) in the left side hole.
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Hello !

After reading some of your comments about my pictures but also to some other pictures, i decided to "study" composition in pictures. I began with a Bryan Peterson book named "Learn To See Creatively" and now i'm reading a cute little book named "Composition" by David Präkel.

To improve the way i look around me, i'm working on "designs" elements : lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns, colours... In a while i will share with you my reflections on these subjects and railroad photography.

Today, i'm sharing with you my first tests. Feel free to comment !

Renaud
Hi Renaud,

Well from what I can see the books are paying off.

Lets have a look at number one.



If we go with a vertical crop you can eliminate the distracting pillar on the left , the vertical crop also helps emphasize the vertical pillars.



I like the idea behind number two, with a bit of post processing it is possible to improve it a little but the biggest improvement would come from a railway type subject in the windows reflection. I imagine had you been able to stand on a seat or somehow get a bit more height you might of been able to include the station or rail yard in the reflection.

Number three, The texture effect is good but the biggest killer is the shadow under the rail head definitely a high sun reject there

Overall not a bad effort for someone just starting out on the road of creativity.

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I rather like all of them... but what do I know
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I like `em all, just the way they are.
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