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Old 12-22-2013   #41
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Rikard, that is a great balance of objects in the frame ... though I would prefer it square.
Thank you! It is square!
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Hmm, on my screen it looks slightly rectangular ... hmm maybe the upper space is throwing off my brain.
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This one came into mind ->

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...i can't decide between the following 2 images:




i enjoy the stalking, the set up involved in taking the shot and peace of mind in knowing i left them as i found them.


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I have quite a few that I like for a variety of reasons, but wrt composition, I like this one.

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One of Favorite Candid Photos, I love the angles and the bike rider's expression, and that he is riding out of the frame.
I took this as a "walk by" when I saw all this geometry in play. I quickly raised my pre-adjusted camera as I passed him.
(or he passed me)
I don't think he saw me at all, except to ride by without hitting me.
I was a good 5 feet away though, so I was in no danger, I was staying clear on my own.


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This is perhaps my favorite print I have ever done. Composition wise, I like the simplicity of the scene, the reflections in the mirror calm water, the mystery of the fog, and how the submerged tree sticking out of the water is sort of a mirrored play on the contours of the shoreline.
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This is probably one of my favourite compositions ... it happened instantly with zero premeditation and was more of a grab than many shots I take in the gallery.


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My favourite composition I took with a Leica IIIa, when I first saw the negative it spooked me out a bit as the figure looked so ghostly




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so many great images
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Indeed. But this one did not really help either.

What I'm missing to be able to make any comments, is why one thinks, that a posted image is a great composition.

I think, composition is by definition a conscious act. Thus, I think, an image posted should be explained by the artist or photographer, why it is a great composition, what was the background, what he or she was trying to accomplish or something like that. For a composition there must be (a) reason, some intellectual or emotional but in any case a conscious act to create that specific image. This consciousness might even not be there in the moment of taking the picture, but in the selection of that image from a series of similar later. - But if nobody tells about these unseeable things, that make a simple shot into a composition... how should we comment then on them?

Pretty images are not enough for the topic of this thread (and possibly not even needed). It's about composition.
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Joe . . . as soon as I see something here that is less that fabulous, I will comment on it
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I am really enjoying these photos...Like a Museum, where you take it all in, and ponder the relevance in your life.
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Pretty images are not enough for the topic of this thread (and possibly not even needed). It's about composition.
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I see lots of great images, but was really hoping to hear what the photographers liked about their shots and why they composed the way they did. I tried to add a bit of a description to my contribution, hope that's what the OP had in mind.
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Wow. Just WOW. The sense of space around the trees and bench really work here. The tone is perfect, and the ratio of the size of the trees Vs the bench is splendid.

This should be printed as large as it can be done!

Fantastic image in a thread full of high quality shots guys.

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With some fear and trepidation, I'd select this one:


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Difficult, but this is what comes to mind with the topic. I'm not so sure about conscious design, maybe favoring the idea of intuition at the moment. Here the patterns of light and angles, some edge tension...

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Difficult, but this is what comes to mind with the topic. I'm not so sure about conscious design, maybe favoring the idea of intuition at the moment. Here the patterns of light and angles, some edge tension...
I did not say anything about conscious design, but I think, I can see what you mean with the patterns of light. They are very sharp "cuts" into an otherwise very common scene. The harsh light cut making the difference. - Intuition at the moment of picture taking is not a contradiction to the conscious act later: keeping that image instead of throwing it away and selecting it for its composition.

Also I think, the square format is a good framing for the scene.
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I did not say anything about conscious design, but I think, I can see what you mean with the patterns of light. They are very sharp "cuts" into an otherwise very common scene. The harsh light cut making the difference. - Intuition at the moment of picture taking is not a contradiction to the conscious act later: keeping that image instead of throwing it away and selecting it for its composition.

Also I think, the square format is a good framing for the scene.
Thanks, yes, I agree with your comment. I guess I was trying to express a distinction between seeing compositional elements consciously before the exposure (which I do, too) versus seeing something intriguing and just going with the intuition (which seems more usual). This opportune shot initially pulled me in as part of a "people at work" project, with the coinciding angles handled subconsciously. The recognition of something more happened later, these pleasant surprises being part of the fun of photography. Also, it was cropped on the right from a more rectangular proportion.
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Cheryl asleep against a surf boat, 1978 Australian National Surf Life Saving Titles, Kingscliff NSW

This is the composition I'm most pleased about. Shot on Kodachrome 25 with an OM-1. I saw Cheryl, one of the girls in the surf club I belonged to, had fallen asleep in the sun against one of our club's surf boats. There had been lots of partying the night before and most of us were feeling a little wasted. In the background, other boat race competitors were leaning against their boat after competing in a surf boat race. I grabbed my Zuiko 200mm f4 and framed it so the boat crew in the background would be out of focus. I had to work quickly as I didn't know how long they would hold that position. I got the photo at maximum aperture, and felt that it would be a good one. As it turned out, it was one of the best pictures I've ever taken. The original Kodachrome transparency is still in good condition.
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Hey everyone, thanks for posting in my thread.

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I see lots of great images, but was really hoping to hear what the photographers liked about their shots and why they composed the way they did. I tried to add a bit of a description to my contribution, hope that's what the OP had in mind.
Agreed. I have enjoyed looking at these photographs. Some I immediately relate to, but I find others less clear. We all perceive and intuit the same image slightly differently, and I think in some cases I just do not see the value that the author does. In those cases, the description is invaluable.

Perhaps those who have already posted can edit their post with more information, a 'defense' of their choice essentially. I think this is important in helping to refine our sight... in a nutshell the reason I started this thread.
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gilgsn - really cool, reminds me of robert frank
arseniii - this is so classic, reminds me of later pictorial photography. Works despite breaking a major 'rule' of having a bright line cutting the middle of the frame.

Those two are my favorite so far, but several others are right on their heels.



When I am trying to examine a photo's composition, I have found it's extremely helpful to do these three things:

1. reduce my browser 'zoom' function, if necessary, so the picture is fairly small. This allows one to examine the balance of the image as a whole. It always seems like good compositions look even better when you shrink them.

2. rotate the photo. Usually a good composition will hold in an abstract sense even if the photo is on its side or upside down. Sometimes not always quite as well though.

3. defocus my eyes. This is hard to explain, but if you kind of stare blankly at the center of the image without focusing on any detail, the whole stands out better, making it easier to weigh the abstracted elements of the image against one another.

These seem like dumb optical tricks, but I come back to them over and over when considering photos formally. Anyone else find these strategies useful?
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Through a window. Raining. Totally random focus, metering & framing.



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... not greatest, not even great I expect but a composition non the less


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Lynn... fancying myself a long-time "Parrotthead in exile," this image connotes the beach lifestyle better than just about any other I've ever seen: "Boat, Beaches, Bars & Ballads," and it effortlessly combines my favorite themes; boats, beaches, and beautiful women. Well done!

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This is the composition I'm most pleased about. Shot on Kodachrome 25 with an OM-1. I saw Cheryl, one of the girls in the surf club I belonged to, had fallen asleep in the sun against one of our club's surf boats. There had been lots of partying the night before and most of us were feeling a little wasted. In the background, other boat race competitors were leaning against their boat after competing in a surf boat race. I grabbed my Zuiko 200mm f4 and framed it so the boat crew in the background would be out of focus. I had to work quickly as I didn't know how long they would hold that position. I got the photo at maximum aperture, and felt that it would be a good one. As it turned out, it was one of the best pictures I've ever taken. The original Kodachrome transparency is still in good condition.
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I was interested mainly in the distortion that the letters would produce in this scene, but tried to balance the frame with the woman (my wife) and the tree.
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Wow. Just WOW. The sense of space around the trees and bench really work here. The tone is perfect, and the ratio of the size of the trees Vs the bench is splendid.

This should be printed as large as it can be done!

Fantastic image in a thread full of high quality shots guys.
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I like this, a dynamic shot of kids enjoying youth...the boat tilting as kids prepare to dive and a bit of room to the right. Might have been better with a bit wider lens to show more environment nevertheless this is one of my favorite.

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This shot was taken shortly before 9/11. It's entitled "Huddled Masses", taken on the ferry to Ellis Is. What I like is the stark separation of foreground and background. Part of my "Street" effort, except that this is on on the water. Hexar RF, Hexanon 50mm.

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