Sunday, 10 June 2012

Fitting the Frame to the Subject

The object of this exercise is to see how you can use the viewfinder to frame a subject.

The camera I used for this exercise has a 98% coverage viewfinder which I found interesting to see how it would change what I saw against what was produced.

Also the advise about tilting the camera missed out some another pertinent fact, some times you need to tilt yourself to get the shot. Even simply moving sideways changes what is in the viewfinder and what can be included in the image as it unfolds before you. Or in my case lying down and tilting me and the camera!

First image is just taken, without any concious effort, just a snapshot of the object as you first see it.

TAOP_Fitting_frame (1 of 4)

The second image was taken by trying to frame the subject as tightly as possible without going out of the frame.. This is where moving yourself and the camera becomes important, trying to fit the subject shape and size to a defined shape involves tilting yourself and the camera as much as moving to different viewpoints.

TAOP_Fitting_frame (2 of 4)

This next shot shows detail on the subject isolating it by framing tightly and excluding external detail.

TAOP_Fitting_frame (3 of 4)

Next step was to place the subject in relation to it's surroundings and taking up no more than a quarter of the image. This was to be used to then crop the image to create new viewpoints...

Fitting_frame (4 of 4)

Here are four crops which change the composition and I feel the actual narrative of the initial shot above.

TAOP_Fitting_frame_crop (1 of 4)

TAOP_Fitting_frame_crop (2 of 4)

TAOP_Fitting_frame_crop (3 of 4)

TAOP_Fitting_frame_crop (4 of 4)

My shots tried to give the same feel as the example shots. It shows how you clearly retain the same narrative elements all the way through a sequence. The example images use the people and life boats in their narrative , I tried to use the welded number seen in the initial shots to convey the same.

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