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Points

Exercise – Multiple Points

“With several points the relationships are not so predictable. A group of objects implies a network of lines, and can also create a shape – again by implication. In still-life photography, one the basic skills is to be able to group objects together in such a way that they are linked attractively, in a relationship that is active rather than obvious and static. This is essentially a problem of placing several points.”

• The Art Of Photography (OCA course book), Part 2, Points, p.73

This exercise required a series of at least 6 photographs showing the progressive process of placing of multiple points of interest within the frame leading hopefully to a final image that is visually cohesive.

Photo 1

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Photo 2

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Photo 3

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Photo 4

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Photo 5

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Photo 6

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I have mixed feelings about the outcome of this exercise. i couldn’t quite work out the manner in which the objects standing in for the required points of interest had to be placed. Was it necessary to arrange them in a way that suggested a random quality, or something more regularly placed, showing intention or design. I suppose the latter, which I tried to render, but the result seems strangely artificial, or not artful at all. This could be mostly to do with the objects I chose, and the plain background. I tried different objects different placement positions but I still was generally dissatisfied with the result. I will further experiment and try to update this post with better results.

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.