Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Project: Dividing the Frame Positioning the Horizon Ex 2

At last some decent weather! I have been conscious of things slipping, this has been down to the dreary days of February with little going on, but yesterday the sun shone and I was able to go to Ashdown Forest to take the pictures for my next exercise. I had tried this before on an overcast and grey day, however the images were so disappointing that I didn't even download them off the camera....these are much better!

The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate framing the scene and using natural divides, the biggest one being the horizon. We were asked to take several shots re-positioning the horizon and commenting upon these. In all I took four shots of the same scene all at f16 using a tripod with a 17mm lens. I was not expecting the results I found.

The first image has a high horizon and the foreground dominates the scene, the sky almost seems incidental with a distant hill. This images gives a great depth of field with the land seemingly flowing for a distance. I also think that this scene gives an impression of elevation, after all it was taken on one of the highest points in Sussex.

The next image lowers the horizon to roughly mid way and produces a more balanced view, to me this does not concentrate on any aspect in particular  though the vastness and depth of the ground is still apparent. I think that this image lacks focus and is not a good frame, the scene needs the viewer to concentrate on something!

The following image now starts to have the sky dominating the scene. I was lucky to get some good clouds and with the wide angle lens suddenly the depth of field has switched from the ground to the sky. I also think that we are also now starting to loose the feeling of height, this image could have been taken from any height.

The final image has the sky dominating completely, the ground now becomes incidental, but the far hills still have a perspective of depth. What I have really found interesting is that this image has the feel that it was not taken from the top of a hill, especially when compared with that of the first image.

There are many many good examples of work where a horizon is used to focus an image. For me here are two good beach examples one concentrating on the sky the other on the foreground. 

Images taken from the SLR Photography Guide

Finally, I can take this opportunity to publish my best shot of a horizon when in 2009 with a group of friends we attempted the 3 peaks challenge, here is the view from the top of Ben Nevis in panoramic, balance is 50/50 here but I think it works!

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