Monday, January 11, 2010

Composition part 9: symmetry and patterns

The ninth in a series on basic composition rules to further enhance the quality of your photographs if you are not aware of them yet - the first one, dealing with the rule of thirds, can be found here, the second one, dealing with the background choice, can be found here, the third one, dealing with framing within the frame, can be found here, the fourth one, dealing with leading lines, can be found here, the fifth one, dealing with viewpoint can be found here, the sixth one, dealing with cropping, can be found here, the seventh one, dealing with especially shaped crops, can be found here, the eighth one, dealing with balancing elements, can be found here. I am using an article on the site Amateur Snapper as a guideline here, but providing examples from my own stream. This shot (Abstracted architecture 2009-3) illustrates the idea behind the compositional tool of symmetry and patterns. The patterns created by the windows, and their interaction at the cross-section between lines and curves, makes for an aesthetically pleasing composition. Slight imprfections tend to further enhance the quality of compositions like these (I refer to them as spicing up the shot), in this case the few open windows breaking the lines are such an additional benefit.