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Composition and all that Arty stuff - discussion thread.

 
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Mar 15, 2014 07:46 |  #3241

^^ Love the repetitive patterns. I would correct perspective or straighten out the left edge so that the vertical lines are running straight, but otherwise great shot. Good contrast, good separation from the background and nice composition. I like it.


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Mar 15, 2014 08:05 |  #3242

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As for compositional features that have this effect, rather than subject matter, so far I have only one idea. It's possible to communicate that there's very little of something by showing one of that thing with lots of space around it. A deciduous tree in fall with just one leaf left on. Snow-covered land with one trail of footprints occupying 1% of the frame. A person looking lonely in a big street scene (this would show total absence of social contact for that person).

I think that would convey loneliness rather than absence, wouldn't it? (aside from the tracks, conveying the absence of a person) Even so, how would you convey the absence of order? Or time, or, I don't know, health? You can't really show a frame with just a little bit of order and a lot of chaos (you can, but you'd lose it in the clutter), or just a little bit of health... You know, strike that: as I'm typing this I suddenly have a bunch of ideas! :D

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Also, I tend to agree with the previous poster on the left side, elrey :). Nice balance in that shot!

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Mar 15, 2014 08:45 |  #3243

armis wrote in post #16760168 (external link)
I think that would convey loneliness rather than absence, wouldn't it? (aside from the tracks, conveying the absence of a person) Even so, how would you convey the absence of order? Or time, or, I don't know, health? You can't really show a frame with just a little bit of order and a lot of chaos (you can, but you'd lose it in the clutter), or just a little bit of health

Loneliness and absence would be hard to separate in a visual presentation. I think you'd get both. For things like order and health, there's the problem of which pole of a pair of opposites to consider the primary one and which to consider the derivative one. Imagine a scene in a barracks. You look along a row of beds. One bed is neatly made; all the rest are messy, with crumpled blankets thrown back and edges of sheets trailing on the floor. Is this image about order, or is it about chaos?

You know, strike that: as I'm typing this I suddenly have a bunch of ideas!

Yes . . . ?


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Mar 15, 2014 08:57 |  #3244

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Yes . . . ?

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be cryptic. It's just that by putting things that way, I found it easier to grab concepts. For instance, to convey the absence of health by using the composition tool you mentioned, you could take a picture of one healthy child in a hospital, surrounded by bedridden people. Absence of time would be maybe one motion-blurred object (or perhaps traces of past passage?) in a perfectly still environment. And so on. They may not all be good ideas, but at least they are worth exploring :).


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Mar 16, 2014 09:26 |  #3245

Very cool looking, armis! Is that a koi pond...? I would have thought it was a macro picture of yarn in a sweater or something like that. :) How does it look in color?

There is a local industrial site turned park that has interesting structures:

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Mar 16, 2014 15:03 |  #3246

vasher wrote in post #16762232 (external link)
Very cool looking, armis! Is that a koi pond...? I would have thought it was a macro picture of yarn in a sweater or something like that. :) How does it look in color?

It's actually a trout farm in Morocco. I've never actually processed it in color, as it would have made it obvious that those were fish I think. ;)


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Mar 16, 2014 16:42 |  #3247

this thread help me improving my composition alot
i'm a learner. and will always keep reading this thread. Hats off to you people


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Mar 17, 2014 18:08 as a reply to  @ ekfaysal's post |  #3248

Am still struggling to create objects d'art...suggestions would be appreciated. :confused:

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Mar 17, 2014 18:57 |  #3249

Love the comp on this one Chauncey. The line leading of foot prints to the moon. Just again some funky stuff going on at the horizon and in the sky and weird color patches in the sand. Probably the hosting site but make sure it's not on the prints.




  
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Mar 17, 2014 19:05 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #3250

some funky stuff going on at the horizon and in the sky and weird color patches in the sand

Your eyes are probability better than mine...don't see/understand what you're referring to. :confused:


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Mar 17, 2014 19:07 |  #3251

Assuming it is not a composite....
That is fantastic!

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..And Really... It doesn't look real! :eek:


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Mar 17, 2014 19:09 |  #3252

theres a line where the sand meets the sky and the shadows and the highlights on the sand look like paint by #s, ya know blotchy, not natural.




  
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Mar 17, 2014 19:46 |  #3253

That sky is pretty fantastic.


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Mar 18, 2014 15:01 |  #3254

Been a bit busy lately but wanted to put up something of recent interest.

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Mar 27, 2014 08:31 |  #3255

So I'm reading this book of interviews of Cartier-Bresson - fascinating stuff, unfortunately in French only - and I thought this would be interesting to share.

HCB, in his early teens, painted. It's only after 20 that he discovered the photographic medium. Apparently, it wasn't some kind of slow transition or gradual interest over time; it was one very specific photo. Said he (please forgive what's lost in translation): "Ah yes, it's fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. It is a photo by Munkacsi. It turned something on within me. I thought 'hey, how does one do that with a camera?'" In 1931 he bought his first camera, then proceeded to make history.

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I find it interesting in the sense that HCB was a real stickler for composition and order and structure, which I suppose is something that he carried within him even as he painted, but this is the image that made him think maybe photography was a better medium for his vision. Anyway, just a fun fact :).


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