Discussion in 'General Gallery' started by inneist, Oct 4, 2006.
I need your critiques, thanks!
I love the shot! The silky material on the gent's hat matching the string on the 3rd mannequin's pants is pretty cool as well, don't know if you meant it like that.
I like the reverse pyramid composition it is classic the man could use a little more light but that would probably be a post production job.
Very cool, I like it a lot. Where was this taken?
Moscovite: I like your observation about the hat. Honestly I myself didn't notice it. hehe.
mysteryscribe: the reverse pyramid composition. I'm ignorant on the history of photography. Any samples for self-study?
JJP: thanks. it was in near T-central of Stockholm in Sweden.
there are several classic still life compositions that go back to the early painters probably in every culture.. One it the triangle and another is the pyramid. Im sure there are others I have forgotten but for instance did you ever see a still life painting of a bowl of fruit. you can imagine it as a pyramid larger at the base and working its way to a point (either a real point or the broken off point). A vase of flowers is a reverse pyramid... Think about it, that is the same basic design as your picture the upside down pyramid.
If you have a wine bottle and a glass you can make a triangle of lines. if you draw a line along the base (or table) and draw a line from the taller wine bottle through the edge of the glass to base again, you have a triangle.
If you add a third element to the wine glass and bottle you can make either a triangle or a pyramid with them.
Just a couple of examples of the basic composition lines... Like most things there are no rules, but right this very minute pick any three objects of various heights. Place them on a table... First in a triangle composition, then in a pyramid.. now put the tallest one on the left. the shortest one in the middle and the middle on on the right. It will appear out of balance composition is ALL about Balance nothing more. Or so they used to say.
If you like I'll be happy to shoot you some examples.
To be honest they are all triangles we just like to make it sound more complicated than it is. If this is a problem for you have the moderators delete it
Nothing in stone for this but I always find these the most pleasing compositions when photographing objects.
I love it. "A good photo evokes emotion." When I look at this, I feel a pang of despair. Just the dissapointment in the mans face attracts me so much more to the photo. Maybe he recently broke up, and noticed the lingerie and htat reminded him of his past relationship. Maybe he does not have enough money to afford such luxuries. It is just an excellent opportunistic shot... I :heart: it!
Huhu, mysteryscribe, were you once a teacher? Thanks a million! That bottom-up demonstration gives me a good chuckle. But it's good you mention this to me, now I know there's a theory to back up. lol But I don't quite get the triangle composition, it doesn't look balanced to me. If you have time, maybe some classic examples to show to me? That way I'll certainly get you.
NoChance, thanks for comment. I think I share your understanding when you say a good photo evokes emotion. I'm curious, maybe someday you can also share with us your works. I'd love to see!
havent taken any new shots recently. Maybe will Snap some this weekend.
OK, have fun in snapping. I look forward to your post.
http://art-gallery-niagara.niagaraartcollection.com/ this is the first still life page I pulled up. Not perfect examples but connect the the top elements in them. In at least three there is the typical pyramid I spoke of..... Right side up though lol... I'll see if i can find you some triangles. that arent pyramids..
Lots of us old farts have taught courses in photography doesn't mean a thing.
For the pure triangle composition I decided to go with my favorite photographer (me) it was just easier to find something that wasnt too confusing.
here is a link from a classic type painting pretty much the same kind of thing http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/viewonezoom.asp?dep=11&viewmode=1&mark=1&item=1980%2E3
and this one
Anyway you get the idea... there are thousands of really good still life paintings and photographs that do NOT conform to these or any other guidelines I just mentioned it because you original shot was so classic upside down pyarmid.
Thanks again, mysteryscribe. That's a bunch of information. But I have a free weekend to digest this.
Lots of us young dudes have never learnt in a course of photography, does mean something.
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