In an earlier post that you can find here I wrote that I wanted to learn some photography skills. To this end I am initially focusing my learnings on Jodie Coston’s free online photography course. Lesson one was entitled Composition And Impact – It’s A Beautiful Photograph, But Do You Know WHY It’s Beautiful? This lesson focused on how to take a good photo, eg the rule of thirds, get in close, leading lines etc.
To tell you the truth I think I need to spend a bit more time on this the first lesson! The “assignments were to take an abstract photo and to take several photos of one thing from different view points. Yesterday (Sunday) I got out in the snow and took a few photos. They don’t exactly fit my assignments but put a bit of thought into them so I’ll try and illustrate why.
So I was out and about while it was snowing (lightly) in Matfield.
This was one of the first photos I took on the village green, When I took this photo I really didn’t like it but now seeing it on the PC it is growing on me. The subject of this picture was the Village Green sign. Normally I would just look at something and photograph it dead centre, here I tried to think about it more and position it off to one side ala “rule of thirds”. I also like how the tree comes into the photo on the right but that was just luck!
Above are two images which focus on the cycle route 18 sign. I have seen many pictures which take a seemingly ugly object but the positioning and background makes it into a brilliant photo. When I first bought my camera I walked round Matfield taking pictures of everything including the Post Office all completely centred and straight on. This Post office image I have tried to break up by placing the cycle route sign in the foreground. Not sure its a great picture though. The next photo It of the same sign from a different angle. I quite like this image, you have the sign on about a third of the picture and the road creating a “leading line” through the photo. I’m not sure whether the snow storm improves the photo or distracts from it.
Finally nothing to do with me learning photography (because I hate this last picture) but the obligatory “it’s snowing” image! After an aborted trip to work, don’t think I got out of second gear in the car and then was turned away from the train station I have spent the day working from my home office keeping warm with copious cups of tea. Though a beautiful view out of the office window!