Sunday, 22 August 2010

Exercise: Real & Implied Triangles

This exercise explores the shapes of triangles which are often considered to be the strongest of shapes within a photograph. In this exercise we are asked to produce 6 photographs, the first is of an object that itself is triangular. For this I chose a landscape with some triangular trees.

The second image is of a triangle made by perspective converging towards towards the top of the frame. For this image I used three flowers grouped together to make the triangle pointing towards the top of the frame.

The next was an inverted triangle, this one was a lot harder as most of the natural triangles tend to point towards the top of the frame. Then I saw my son climbing a couple of trees and moved towards the left to make a triangle by perspective that points towards the bottom of the frame.

Then I found another shot by cropping another effort of making an inverted triangle of a fairground ride...

The next set of images are to be implied triangles using a still life arrangement to produce a triangle with the apex at the top of the image and the second at the bottom of the image. For this I used some colourful kitchen ornaments and arranged them as required. I think that the first is a much better, more balanced image than the latter. In the last the central pot looks drowned out and not in harmony with the other two vessels.

Finally, we are to arrange three people on a group picture in such a way that the faces or the lines of their bodies make a triangle. This proves to be a very easy yet successful way of making a portrait that I had not considered before.

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