Brief: Produce two sets of triangular compositions in photographs, one using ‘real’ triangles, the other making ‘implied’ triangles.
1. Find a subject which is in itself triangular
The Deserted Factory
|1/125 sec at f5 15mm ISO 200|
2. Make a triangle by perspective
|1/100 at f5.6 18mm ISO 200|
This is the new bridge at Worcester that shows two triangles by perspective, merging to the top of the frame. Taken with my wide angle lens on tripod. I positioned myself so the photograph was symmetrical and powerful to show not only the details but also the strength. Taken on my SLT which I have found is extremely good with these wide angle close up shots, giving a little more depth and detail than my A100.
3. Make an inverted triangle, also by perspective.
Taken in out local church today, thought it made a really good example even though I already had one.
1. Make a still life arrangement of five or six objects to produce a triangle with the apex at the top
2. As above, but with triangle inverted, with the apex at the bottom
3. Arrange three people in a group picture in such a way that either their faces or the lines of their bodies makes a triangle.
Consider the underlying reason for shape in design. Why bother at all?
Shapes bring an extra dimension to the photograph with the setting of mood, power and structure. They can add contrast and are the initial eye response to identification, movement and control of the photograph. I look at subjects now with shape in mind and it has transformed my ideas considerably.