Architecture of a Photograph

When it comes to the composition of a photograph, I’m not sure “architecture” is a commonly used word but I think some photographs can only be discussed as being composed of interesting building blocks.

This one, for example has a large block of shadow at the bottom. The stick creates another seeming building block that connects the figure with the shadow. The light on the top of the figure’s head adds interest. Everything seems to work to hold the image together and give it heft.

What do you think?

Shadows are Complicated–Have Own Image

We all know that depending on the angle of the sun, shadows can be elongated or shortened.

Sometimes shadows can multiply or fatten or become the focus. You have to look carefully to see that.

Check out these two images of evening shadows caught on a cloth interacting with the form behind. Nothing simple about them.

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In this one, the shadow seems to walk away from the actual person casting that shadow.

 

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In this one, the shadow seems to be holding the cloth rather than the other way around.

Keep your eyes open. Notice shadows!!!!

Crop, Chop, Can’t be too Careful!!

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Here’s the cropped version of the same photograph. Both include a lot of environment, more than I usually like to include, but, in this case, I’m trying to show the figure as small in a larger world. The cropped photograph gives a bit more focus to the figure. In the uncropped photograph, the overhanging branch gives a rounded feel as if the environment is embracing the figure, but he’s almost lost in it. So much environment, that I’m not sure the eye knows where to go.

I’m torn. I’m not sure which is the better photograph. Cropped? Uncropped?

I’m taking opinions and votes. Leave a comment.

The point is, cropping a photograph is never an easy decision and I’ve seen crops that ruined the composition. I’ve cropped badly and had to go back and rethink. Good photography is NOT point and shoot. There are decisions during the shoot and decisions after the shoot. None easy.