Exercise – Positioning A Point

“There are essentially three classes of position: in the middle, a little off-centre, and close to the edge. Placing a point in the centre very rarely works, because of the staid nature it produces, although this is not the rule and you might justify it on the grounds of being unconventional.”

“Use the experience of those earlier projects: when you position a point in the frame, have a reason for placing it where you do.”

• The Art Of Photography (OCA course book), Part 2, Points, p.72

This exercise required 3 photographs with an obvious point of interest placed in different parts of the frame successively.

Photo 1

ISO400, 50mm, f/5, 1/160sec

ISO400, 50mm, f/5, 1/160sec

I positioned the wooden duck to the left-centre because the it gave a sense of the duck looking into the frame.

Photo 2

ISO400, 50mm, f/5, 1/125sec

ISO400, 50mm, f/5, 1/125sec

In this photo, the duck is positioned at the top-centre, aligned directly between the wet and dry patches on the floor, in an effort to balance the image.

Photo 3

ISO400, 50mm, f/5, 1/125sec

ISO400, 50mm, f/5, 1/125sec

The positioning of the duck in this image is more an experiment with the framed space that surrounds it. It seems lost somehow, maybe even a little forlorn.


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