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Show Us Your Greatest Composition
Old 12-20-2013   #1
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Show Us Your Greatest Composition

Hello RFFers,

I am interested in the formal possibilities of photography. There is something uncanny about the well-composed photograph, a beauty that is hard to express logically, yet instantly understood.

I am interested in how others here regard composition. This is a chance to show off that photo you are most proud of, because its composition is unique, clever, revealing, beautiful, or all of the above.

Please post only one photo, and say why you think it is your best. All formats welcome. Let's see the most rational image you have won away from the unordered clutter of space and time!
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Old 12-20-2013   #2
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I will start.



It is simply a cylindrical fuel tank of some kind held up by brick supports, but something about it is just mesmerizing. There is a triangular rhythm running all about it, between the stairway, the wall, and the shadows on the tank. The three primary tones reinforce this: dark bricks, greyish stairway/sky, and almost blinding white of the tank. The blending of tone is disorienting and gives the whole image a plastic feel.

That's my best shot at describing it-- like I said, these things are uncanny!
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It's an old one from 1997 of the comet Hale-Bopp.
The flare from the lens, a 35 summilux ASPH, added the element that makes it stand out in my mind. Taken with a filmM camera, so no way of predicting or previewing the result, I remember bracketing the camera position to try to avoid flare; I ended up picking the shot with the most flare.
These days movie film directors like JJ Abrams are adding post production lens flare.
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This remains one of my favorites. I have a 20x24 canvas wrap print on my wall.


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It's an old one from 1997 of the comet Hale-Bopp.
The flare from the lens, a 35 summilux ASPH, added the element that makes it stand out in my mind. Taken with a filmM camera, so no way of predicting or previewing the result, I remember bracketing the camera position to try to avoid flare; I ended up picking the shot with the most flare.
These days movie film directors like JJ Abrams are adding post production lens flare.
That is a superb shot, might I ask what film? Pushed?
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I'll change my mind in a few minutes, but at the moment, here is my favorite composition . . .




EDIT (days later): I am very pleased with this composition, and have been
since I shot it, because it reminds me of the fabulous images of Joan Miro,
particularly the image on the cover of Dave Brubeck's album "Time Further
Out". That music and Miro's imagery opened my mind to stuff that I had
never experienced before.

I was very happy to make this image on my work bench with just an auger
bit and a light box (just to the left of the frame).
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I'll change my mide in a few minutes, but at the moment, here is my favorite composition . . .

I really like this one... it's a little bit Jackson Pollock and a little bit Maggie Bourke-White.
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Old 12-20-2013   #9
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201211419 by mfogiel, on Flickr

There is no such thing as "greatest composition", but I like the combination of "swirl" in the gesture of the arms, and the stillness dictated by the dominant eye being in the center of the frame.
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That is a superb shot, might I ask what film? Pushed?
As I recall it was Provia 1600 push 2 ( i.e. at ISO 1600 ) exposure using the 60/focal-length seconds rule to avoid star trails @ f/1.4.
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In pure compositional terms this one would go close as its all about composition........................


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Old 12-21-2013   #12
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I think that it was pure luck in my case.
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One of my current faborites from the island of St. Helena. I just really like how all the elements in the picture are balanced.


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This one worked well, with the leading lines terminated by the surfer (to stop the eye leaving the page).

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I really like this one... it's a little bit Jackson Pollock and a little bit Maggie Bourke-White.



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I have a bunch of great compositions…

Today this one is my favorite



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In pure compositional terms this one would go close as its all about composition........................


Remembrance by yoyomaoz, on Flickr


Peter . . . not to minimize your beautiful shot here, but are you familiar with "The Weeping Angels" ? . . . one of the scariest Dr. Who stories ever !!
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girl vs cosmos...

Man vs Machine always supplies great compositional possibilities for play with sizes...

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Man vs Machine always supplies great compositional possibilities for play with sizes...

Very nice. The play of the shadows and light really emphasize the elements. And create a very pleasing overall composition. A truly excellent shot.
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Peter . . . not to minimize your beautiful shot here, but are you familiar with "The Weeping Angels" ? . . . one of the scariest Dr. Who stories ever !!
That was my first thought when I saw the picture. What a great episode! And I like the picture, too. It´s the moment the TARDIS disappeared.

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I like the play between the two figures, soft focus and sharp, age and expressions.
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interesting thread, keep 'em coming!
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now this is an outstanding & dynamic composition. Can't stop looking at it!


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I can't think of one composition that I prefer more than any others so I'm just going to carry on enjoying everyone else's.

Great idea for a thread.
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This is one of my faves , I really enjoy this west coast fog and how lucky I was to get this with the viewfinderless (that's gotta be a word?) Frankencanera. Peter
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I have always been fond of this photo because, well because I don't really know why. I waited for the group of people to walk into the photo cause I wanted the addition of their legs & feet. later someone who critiqued this photo said I needed to crop out left side of the people walking. BTW I shot this with a Bessa L & 25/4 CV lens w. Kodak BW400CN.

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maybe this one…i love baseball, the game. this shot has it all, the players, the scoreboard, the fans…arod has just swung & missed…you can see the ball as it's about to enter the catcher's glove...blue jays vs the yanks in toronto...
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This one comes to mind. It's unusual to look up at the ceiling and see an old sign, the wood planks on the provides the lines. So I match it with the blurred shape of the fan.

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Fascinating, that's all I can say. Seeing so many different schools (if you will forgive me for using that term) being expressed here.
Some absolutely stunning work, guys and girls.
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At the Grava Waterfalls / Stubaivalley Tirol / Austria von Michael Relguag auf Flickr

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This is one of my favorites.

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I'm not sure, if it is my greatest composition, but it really is a composition. It follows the idea of "Neues Sehen" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neues_Sehen), a vision of photography in the sphere of influence of the Bauhaus Art movement. I often photographed in that style long before I knew about "Neues Sehen", but when I learned about it, I found that this style of breaking the rules and being "deliberately dilettantish" is what I often do and like very much afterwards.

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As I recall it was Provia 1600 push 2 ( i.e. at ISO 1600 ) exposure using the 60/focal-length seconds rule to avoid star trails @ f/1.4.
Perfect, thank you.
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This is one of my faves , I really enjoy this west coast fog and how lucky I was to get this with the viewfinderless (that's gotta be a word?) Frankencanera. Peter
I really like this one too, great stuff.
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Rikard, that is a great balance of objects in the frame ... though I would prefer it square.
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