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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

Gimme Shelter

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 - New bus shelters designed for Harvey Ave in Kelowna were recently installed and lit up - and not just for Christmas.
The BC company responsible for the modern shelters - Tara Precision - asked me to capture a variety of shots in different times of day.
The night shots required some extra light - which I triggered with my RadioPopper transmitters. Working at a distance with traffic in between, I enjoyed the remote ability to adjust flash power from my camera.

Orchard Park Mall


Associated Engineering bridge

MLAs Crossing

OCTOBER 29, 2010 - Kelowna area MLAs Ben Stewart, Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson joined in the first crossing of Kelowna's new pedestrian bridge above Harvey Ave.- a project by Associated Engineering.


Ogogrow on the go

NOVEMBER, 2010 - Gordon Light poses under new air piping added to the Kelowna/Vernon Bio-solids plant for a cover shot on TPO Magazine.
The plant produces Ogogrow - a local fertilizer/soil that provides some helpful income for the waste operation.

Invue roof view
Invue Tower Rooftop Landscaping

 

Lofty landscape

OCTOBER, 2010 - Some 20 stories above ground, the rooftop of Invue Condominium tower boasts some interesting landscaping.

I enjoyed photographing the feature for Stantec Engineering - even as it required quick adjustment of multiple flash units to blend with the sun as it changed intensity quickly while sinking into the horizon.

 

Magazine cover
Gordon Light, Operations Manager of Biosolids Plant

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