Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Learn composition by example: Framing

If you have been following this blog, you may remember a series of short posts about basic composition techniques in the Art-iculations category. These were written for beginners by a beginner (moi). My Flickr friend Rick (word artist), a very accomplished photographer with a brilliant sense of composition, has embarked upon a similar series for the Flickr group Learn Composition by Example, providing far more information and examples than I did. His first three posts, on leading lines, on layers, and on borders, were blogged earlier herehere and here. His fourth post appeared a few days ago, tackling the subject of framing as a compositional technique, with 19 photographs as illustration of his points (also to be found in his blog).For this topic I have picked a great action shot by my Flickr friend sannesu, of which Rick wrote: "The framing in this image is not provided by the outer elements of the corners, but by the sweep of shattered wave: a looping arc that brings the viewer's attention around and down to the subject, assisted by the rippling lines in the spray which also point us back towards the subject: an active background spread that behaves in a way similar to a ruffled collar, each part bringing us back to the subject in the centre." Like the others in this series, highly recommended to expand your compositional horizon.

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