composition and perspective

Week #4
of our 2011 Project 52*
(*give or take a week here and there for vacations)

For 2011 we have a roster of new weekly photography projects.  We are doing things a bit differently this year by having a monthly theme.  This month's theme is framing. 

I say "framing," the Hunk in my life says "composition."  It's our version of the potato/potatoe discussion.  What a better way to discuss framing (or re-framing) than to use technical photography terms, eh?

When the unexpected rears its ugly head, I find myself focusing on what went wrong, what I could have done differently, or how I could have made it better.  I get sucked into the moment and try to find solutions to the situation at hand.  When I do this, I focus on the itty-bitty details a little too much, and this, my dear friends, is the understatement of a lifetime.  If this approach were a photograph, I would say that the subject was taking up two-thirds of the photo.

Other times, I take the big picture, or the eagle-eye view and lose touch of the minutia.  In the rule of composition, this would mean a really wide shot with the subject matter taking up less than a third of the photo.  In the scheme of things, this could mean focusing on all aspects of a situation.  Good and bad.  All things considered, so to speak.  Again, there are situations that call for this approach.  Like when one creates 5-10 year plans.

The key is to find the middle ground - not to stress about the details too much unless called for, and not losing sight of the big picture.  Ideally, the subject matter would be a third (but not more than two-thirds) of the photo.

As it were, we need to find the frame or composition which works best for our situation in life (or for the type of photograph we want to take).  The approach taken would depend on the situation one is faced with.

Looking forward to next month's theme!


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