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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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Okanagan professional photographer

Stuart Park is
"Great Place in
Canada" 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 - The "Great Places in Canada" were selected among public buildings and parks across the Country recently. This year's National award for the Best Outdoor Space goes to Jim Stuart Park on Kelowna's waterfront.
Congratulations to Stantec Consulting -a local firm involved in the design and engineering of the project, which hired me to photograph the first phase of this project a few years ago. For this shot, I climbed a 8-metre tall ladder that I leaned up against a tree and steadied my camera on a branch for the 3-second exposure.


Commercial photographer in Kelowna

Toast to Tommies

NOVEMBER, 2015 - Kudos to some of my clients who design and build homes and work spaces in Kelowna and the Okanagan.
Silver Awards went out for the 2015 Tommie Awards in the last week of November (including this bar renovation on the left). I won't name any yet as they are waiting to see which among these will be named the Gold winners in January.


Kelowna Photography

Scenic Splendor

OCTOBER, 2015 - The beauty of the Okanagan takes a lovely turn in autumn. While valley trees become orange and red from their leaves, the higher country becomes speckled with yellow as the larch tree needles change hue before shedding.

The Myra Canyon trestles - enormously popular through summer - made for a cool ride in between photos for me (right). The pretty rider on left is Evelyn.

Desmond Murray Kelowna Photographer

Older items -

Say Ahhwesome
UPS growing
Homes for the Summer SunRype Shines
Grand Photography
Classroom in a Click
Beautiful Bride
Patio photos published
Kelowna Ladies make News 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