Final Composition Project

Final Composition Project - student project

Thank you for a wonderful course!! This was amazing. I learned so much. 

Frank, could you clarify what you meant by using lines as shapes such as trianges? Do you mean shapes as a form of vignetting, and/or a framing device within the photo? 

Car Park

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Renaissance

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More subjectless-esque photos. Soft focus. Taken from a moving train. i added grain and vignetting. Broke the frontal rule.

Board

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Road

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No real subject, but interesting play of textures and shapes. Does every photo need a subject (except the abstract ones)?

Hay

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Homes

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Limbic 2

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It was hard combining all the elements... I was drawn to tree-forms as one way of getting shapes out of lines. Frank, do you have any tips for photographing forests/trees? I find it so difficult. 

Limbic

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Went for a walk in DC:

'Lith:

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Aerial, Maryland:

Scratches on the airplane window!! :(

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Grape Vines:

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Another set of staircases, but from below. I had to crouch down super low to get this one. 

Escape:

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Montreal is home to the outdoor walk-up staircase. I love these staircases but find them very difficult to photograph. Something about the lack of clean lines. Any tips? 

Have Heart

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A very sunny day made it difficult to get a proper symmetrical look in this photo. I tried burning/dodging some areas in Lightroom. 

V-v

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Week One - Thirds:

An edited version of Trilogy, below, to account for distortion (to be added):

Here's a more delibrate attempt at the frontal image. Frontal shots are risky, I find, since it's easy to tilt the horizon by accident, or for the lines to become distorted. It doesn't quite look "flat" at the edges. Help. please! 

Trilogy

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Ran into some issues with construction equipment in this one. Tried incorporating it.
Frank, I just read your tips actually, and realized most of my shots aren't fully frontal. Rather they're from an angle. The one below, for example, was really difficult to get head-on. 
I also find that for architecture, a few angles help to create a "background" for the image. 

Business

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Busy-ness in Background is Bothersome.

Triangue 

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This photo was fun, but I have no idea where the fore, mid, and backgrounds are. Reflections are confusing. Tried framing with snow. 

Spring

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Not sure if the square cropping works here, as the object of interest ends up being off-center. Any comments would help. Thanks!
Wish I had some advanced software i.e. Photoshop, to burn and dodge certain areas. Right now I'm using Iphoto which is a crude tool at best. 

How Sad

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I edited this one to blur around the edges, hopefully giving it more a whimsical look (given the gravity of the message itself!)

Taxes

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Weathered.

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All my shots are taken with a Fuji X100. 

For this first image, I was in a very cramped room and space was limited to create an extensive foreground. Please let me know what you think! More to come soon. 

Matralab 1. 

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