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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

Open up and     Say Awesome

OCTOBER, 2011 - A lot of growth in business has come to West Kelowna, or Westbank, B.C. as it's been known to Okanagan residents for many years.
Proliferation of new shopping centres have been most noticeable - while various professional services like Dental Offices have also added to the dyanamic of the burgeoning community.
A few weeks ago, I enjoyed photographing a new office for Aura Dental for Sinclair Dental Company.

Professional Office photography in Westbank


Tommy Awards entry by Kelowna Photographer

Artistic home up for Tommy Award

OCTOBER, 2011 - Some images are worth getting up at 5 am for. Twilight and sunrise provide beautiful light that suits some of the artistic creations by the Okanagan's finest home builders.
It took a very early morning to capture this handsome exterior image in Carrs Landing for one Kelowna builder. For now, I'll hold back on names, since there's a few potential housing awards on the line.

Sunny seat

The natural beauty of Okanagan Lake provides a ideal location for relaxation on an outdoor deck in the sunshine.
Carol Dodge recognized this when she set up SunCountry Furniture in Kelowna.
Doing my best to match the surroundings, I photographed another collection of the furniture she finds around the world to bring to our decks.
Composing such images is not too difficult, but it sure takes a lot of electronic flash power to match the sun's strength.

Commercial photography Professional in Kelowna

Older items -

Helping the ladies Big heart in little runner
Engineering projects Ogogrow on the grow
Skogie Cleaning Up Bear Guards new Park
Combatting Cancer Okanagan Olympians
Lighting technology improves 

Builder's book of my photos


Airport publication awarded

Forest Fires hit Westside