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Composition - Part 2 - Origins

Years ago, artists who had been born with an innate sense of design created works that were perceived, by other skilled artists, as having good composition. Not only that, but their works were very popular with the general public and art afficionados.

Analysis of such works showed patterns and trends in the organization and inter-relationships of lines, shapes, forms and colors that were recognized as contributing to the effectiveness of the works. It was found that others could employ these patterns as techniques in improving their own works. When they were defined, they became known as the rules of composition.

1. Place your main element away from distracting backgrounds like tree branches or bright colours.

2. If a person is looking or moving sideways, leave room on that side of the image to allow for their gaze or movement.

3. Rule of Thirds: for more dynamic feel, place the most important element at one of the intersections of the "thirds" (one third distance from the top (or bottom), one third distance from the side)

4. On landscape images; move the horizon line from the center to add more impact to either the ground or the sky.

5. Add depth to an image with elements in foreground, middle ground and background.

Continued in part 3


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Kelowna Photography News


Airport soars with new publication

AUGUST 15, 2009 - Congratulations to one of my clients on recent accolades for a new publication. The innaugural YLW Connection magazine created by Kelowna International Airport was awarded first place from over 250 entries in the 2009 Excellence in Marketing and Communication Contest among North America Airports.

Images from a couple of events I photographed for the Airport were assembled with informative stories and dynamic advertising features in the quarterly publication. Kudos to Airport manager Sam Samadar, assistant Jenelle Turpin, and to freelance designer Sandy Magee.


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Forest fires in Okanagan

Forest Fires renew fears of 2003 devastation

West Kelowna forest fire

JULY 19, 2009 - Kelowna's scenic surroundings are making national headlines again - for a sad reason.
Two Forest Fires have forced evacuation of almost half the homes in West Kelowna, and closed the highway disecting the town of Westbank.
Recalling the devastation in 2003 when over 200 homes were consumed by fire in the Okanagan-Mission region of Kelowna, national media have quickly descended upon the city.
Fortunately, nobody has been injured and it appears only two homes have been lost to the blaze that began Saturday afternoon.



JUNE 14 - Over $175,000 was raised in the annual 24-hour relay.  I was glad to again be a part of the fundraising event for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Easter Seals Camp with on-site photography and attempting my first ever Charity Auction.



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