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Composition – Part 1

Following on from colour we explored the art of composing a photograph. When photography just got going, people were composing photos like they composed paintings. We talked about conventional composition techniques. After class, I walked back into the city via the backstreets to practise a few techniques.

Like showing perspective (in this case, diminishing) to give the photo depth.

Victoria Barracks

And repetition to lead the eye.

Surry Hills

Capturing Light – Part 1

This week I started another photography short course, an extension to the course I took this time last year.

To get us all thinking about photography, the first week concentrated on light and how to capture it. When you think about it, photography is just about capturing light as it reflects off various subjects. It’s how we capture that light that makes things interesting, and in an age where everyone seems so snap-happy, making ‘interesting’ images getting more difficult to do. Well, I guess we can only try.

As an exercise, we went a few doors down to the Paddington Reservoir to look around, and eventually snap a few photos. Last year I had a go at a few shots there myself, but this time around the light conditions were very different. It was midday and very bright. That made for some interesting shadows.

Paddington Reservoir

Paddington Reservoir

Paddington Reservoir

But what I liked the most was how the bright light reflected off surfaces, like water.

Paddington Reservoir

Paddington Reservoir

Shutter Speed Exercises – Part 2

More shutter speed work to capture movement, this time at my local railway station at peak hour. The commuters really did form a stream when captured at a slower shutter speed.

Shutter Speed Exercises

Slowing it down completely, with an exposure of one second, while zooming in, was great fun. This could be a scene out of a horror movie – a ghost is streaming out of the TV.

Shutter Speed Exercises

In class, we learned how to ‘paint with light’. All you need is a very dark room, a light source, and a very long exposure.

Shutter Speed Exercises

At home, I took my version of a ‘selfie’.

Shutter Speed Exercises

Shutter Speed Exercises – Part 1

After the depth-of-field homework, we worked on experimenting with shutter speed. This was something I rarely did intentionally, so it was exciting to explore new or rarely used techniques. I soon found out that it was both fun and frustrating, in pretty much equal measures, but I agree with our teacher that the pictures do have more of an energy to them than the majority of ‘frozen moments’.

During class, we went out to Oxford Street to ‘play with traffic’ and pan passing vehicles. It took a lot of shots just to get something that worked well, like this cyclist.

Shutter Speed Exercises

And this close up of a car braking seemed like an accident in motion.

Shutter Speed Exercises