Take a number of shots using lines to flatten the pictorial space.
To avoid the effects of perspective, the sensor/film plane should be parallel to the subject and you may like to try a high viewpoint (i.e. looking down).
Modern architecture offers strong lines and dynamic diagonals, and zooming in can help to create simpler, more abstract compositions.
Review your shots from both parts of Exercise 1.3. How do the different lines relate to the frame?
There’s an important difference from the point exercises: a line can
leave the frame.
For perpendicular lines this doesn’t seem to disrupt the composition
too much, but for perspective lines the eye travels quickly along the diagonal and straight out of the picture. It feels uncomfortable because the eye seems to have no way back into the picture except the point that it started from.
So for photographs containing strong perspective lines or ‘leading lines’, it’s important that they lead somewhere within the frame.
Unlike the previous exercise I tried to flatten the pictoral space using perpendicular lines.
Again using my trusty 18 – 55 mm zoom and D5200.
The lines of the tarp stop your view going any further than this very patient BBC camera man who explained and showed me how awesome his gear was.
Taken near the Albert memorial……… Peter Pan!!!!
What I like to call the Liquorice all sort building in Hammersmith.
Another view of this crazy building.
No, it’s not the lens; this building looks like this to the naked eye.
Close up of an electronic billboard.
Another flattening perspective.
Research and Analysis :
Not much research to do for this as the effects are obvious to most people even if they don’t conciously think about it.
The leading lines of exercise 1.3(1) work very well at telling a story, rather like a novel; you have a beginning, middle and end.
The beginning is the bottom of the frame and the end is the top, I feel there must always be a point of interest on or at the end of the leading line otherwise it leaves the viewer unsatisfied.
It’s even worse with diagonal lines as they get you to leave the frame before the end, rather like those movies that leave you to make up what happens as the curtain drops; totally unsatisfying.
The photo’s with perpendicular lines work well for abstract subjects and for placing something interesting that doesn’t necessarily have to lead you anywhere, they just are.
A good example of this is the shadow of a walking girl that reminded me of a scene from Peter Pan.
The building I liken to a liquorice all sort is very interesting, all the lines converge in some way as the building is built with the wings at varying widths and heights, it’s also one that people walk past without really noticing; but when someone points it out there’s a type of epiphany that occurs.
I enjoyed these two exercises both the places and some of the people I met.
The BBC camera man was awesome, despite setting up for coverage of the boat race he was very patient and showed me how his gear worked; I want that image stabilisation he has, any one want a kidney; only £40,000.