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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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Airport News in YLW Magazine
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Kelowna Photography News

Grand Photography

AUGUST 30, 2012 - The Okanagan's largest and most luxurious hotel needed some new photos this summer to update the company's website and marketing materials.
Purchased by Delta Hotels last year, the Grand Okanagan Resort is ideally situated on the shore of Lake Okanagan.
I enjoyed photographing a range of the suites for the company using my full-frame D800 with ultra-wide angle lenses and portable flashes.

Grand Okanagan


Kelowna photojournalism

Kelowna classroom turned inside-out

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - Technology and new trends have turned education around in some classrooms in the Okanagan this year. One biology teacher at Okanagan Mission Secondary School directs her students to her posted online video lectures for homework, opening up classroom time for discussion and lab work.
I recently captured images to illustrate this for a feature story in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Architectural Art

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - The Art of Fine Living is alive and well in the Okanagan's largest city of Kelowna.
The comfortable lifestyle prevalent in the community is reflected in many artistic creations by the Okanagan's finest home builders.
Here is the open design of kitchen flowing to dining area, living area and beyond that I captured, among others, last month for one Kelowna builder. For now, I'll hold back on names, since there are potential awards on the line through the Canadian Home Builders Association..

Tommie Awards photography

Older items -

Beautiful Bride
Kelowna Ladies make News
Patio photos published
My Revolutionary new Camera
Artistic Architecture Fine Furniture
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