Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Exercise: Implied Lines

This exercise takes several parts but all of them are concerned with lines within images that lead the viewer to look at various elements within the image; these are the implied lines.

First we are asked to analyse the following images and show where the implied lines are. I have shown this in the second image with blue markings.

In the first image I think the obvious sweeping curved line is that of the matadors cape, a less obvious one is the movement of the bull. In the second shot however I feel that there are a lot more and stronger lines. There is the circular movement of the horses and  the eye lines of both the trainer and the main horse; even though the horse appears not to be looking at anything in shot my eye is still lead away! Great shot.

We are then asked to analyse three of our our images in a similar way.

The first two of which were taken on a rather long walk extending over several days. The first shows a line of the path that we are following, it is not distinct enough to be a curve but I think that it is more implied.

The second image shows an eye-line implied by the second walker looking at the first.

And the final image shows some implied lines of movement of the traffic in Paris sweeping away to the right.
To finish off the exercise we are asked to take two photographs, one showing an implied eye line and the second showing an extension of a line or lines that point.

The eye line shot is almost a double one in which the wife seems to be looking at her husband who in turn is looking at the cricket. I really like this one!

The second has an implied line which is the fascia board of this building leading the eye to the Seagull on top.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Exercise: Curves

In this exercise we are asked to take four images demonstrating curves. Curves are thought to be like 'wobbly' diagonals leading the eye perhaps not in a direct line but in the same direction in a roundabout way.

My first image shows some strong curves within an atrium of an office block. I felt that both the railings and the white lines between floors lead the eye round to the left.

The second image is that of a garden and shows a sweeping boarder that th eye naturally follows, a bit of a boring shot but demonstrates a curve!

My third image shows the curves of the tree line but I also selected this (and noticed it at the time of taking the shot) because of the reflection in the water doubling up on the curve elements. I think this works well and the two people give the image scale.

The final image has lots of curves in a single line which I think is quite pleasing on the eye and certainly gives the image some interest when following it.

Exercise: Diagonals

This exercise was to take four photographs displaying diagonal lines. The idea was that diagonal lines can be created from straight lines in most cases my moving the camera into a different position. Diagonals are important to an image as they give the image depth and perspective.

My first image is a common one of stairs or in my example escalators, I have shown two images here, the first straight on and the second taken from above. I am not sure which one I prefer as the first gives a nice symmetry but the second has more depth by finding that other angle.

My next shot was of an office block with many natural diagonals. I tried to vary the camera as much as possible to find as many possible though in producing this shot.

My third shot was taken in a walkway using the depth of the pillars and the light shining through to make the triangular shapes

And finally this shot was taken on the other side of the walk way by making a triangular shape at the bottom of the image giving it overall more depth.

This exercise has certainly given me insight on how to make an image a little more interesting with a few triangles!