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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

Congratulations
Linda & Jason

JUNE, 2012 - Best wishes to Linda and Jason, of Calgary, who returned home to Kelowna last month to join in matrimony among family and friends.
The historic Benvoulin Church provided a very quaint and intimate location for the small ceremony. What had been a wet weekend gave way to a small taste of sunshine – perhaps it was a blessing from above.
Linda's pet dogs joined the wedding party and got one of the first kisses from the beautiful bride while Jason waited his turn.

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okanagan wedding photography


All Decked Out

Last month, I photographed a new addition to the imports offered by SunCountry Furniture in Kelowna for the idealic summer living in the Okanagan.

Photography options were limited as the deck was damp with fresh sealant, yet I was still able to place some remote flashes to blend with the sunlight.

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commercial photos on location in Okanagan

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Kelowna Ladies in the News
Artistic Architecture
My Revolutionary New Camera
Fine Furniture
Helping the ladies
Engineering projects
Skogie Cleaning Up
Big heart in little runner
Ogogrow on the grow
Bear Guards new Park
Combatting Cancer
Lighting technology improves 
Airport publication awarded


Okanagan Olympians
Builder's book of my photos
Forest Fires hit Westside