TAOP: The relationship between points
December 13, 2011
The next exercise in the ‘points’ project is about the relationship between two points within an image. In these images it’s no longer a case of a point’s relationship with the frame, but with the points’ relationship with each other – which now dominates the composition.
The exercise asks for three photographs which illustrate two points. I will highlight which point is stronger and why. Additionally I have included an example of a ‘special case’ where both points attract attention equally.
As with the previous exercise, I have included a black-and-white conversion to illustrate how the points relate to each other.
(ISO400, 1/160sec exposure, f/5.6 aperture – shot in aperture priority mode essentially to save time as I wandered around a village taking shots. At the distances shot this gave sufficient depth of field and ensured I could quickly capture things as I walked around).
In this image the female duck tends to catch the eye first. As well as being closer, it’s side-ways on position increases it’s size. Had the drake been in a similar pose it may potentially have drawn the eye more – if only for the fact it is more colourful.
(ISO400, 1/400sec exposure, f/5.6 aperture – this is part of the same shoot, so it’s still on aperture priority and I’ve not changed the settings).
In this image once more the nearer bird on the right appears larger and attracts the eye, before the line of the bank and it’s tail point back towards the bird on the left. In this case it is simply the lines and size which make the right-hand bird the stronger point, as there is no difference in colour to draw attention to either bird more than the other.
(ISO400, 1/200sec exposure, f/5.6 aperture – shot on aperture priority as part of the same shoot which produced the above images)
In this image the bench is clearly the stronger point in the image, before the eye is drawn to what it is pointing at – the goals on the football pitch. The trees do confuse slightly, especially the one to the right of the goals, however I still think the clear direction of the bench toward the goals ensure that the two main points of the image are distinct and their relationship clear. In an ideal world though I’d want to take this shot where trees and other objects didn’t interfere with the intention of the shot, however I wanted to produce something a bit different than the first two examples – which I have achieved.
Special Case – Eyes
(ISO200, 1/200sec exposure, f/4 aperture – shot on manual and with flash to ensure the eyes were well lit in otherwise poor light).
As described in the exercise, there is no clear strongest point in this image. The eyes are of equal size and relative position in the frame, so neither draws more attention than the other. I found I did have to crop out the nose and mouth however to ensure the eyes weren’t competing with other areas of the face – hence the narrow crop.