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Square format composition

Discussion in 'Colour or Not' started by parisian, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    Big Bertha trial run, pretty naff shot I dare say, but compositionally (bertha is square format) how are we doing?
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  2. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Pesonally I'd lose a bit more of the foreground. For me the large light area of ground and reflection in the water draw too much attention away from the castle itself.

    Incidentally, and this might be my monitor, but the central rocky bit in the foreground seems to have a light magenta cast.

    PS who is Big Bertha?

    Nigel FRIPN

    "This photography lark... it's a bugger"/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
     
  3. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    Bertha is an old Bronica EC Nigel and I think I would agree with the foreground thing. That was with the 50mm I should have used the standard or even the short tele.

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  4. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Something like this I thought...
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    I hope you don't mind me using your photo for my first attempt at posting a pic.

    Nigel FRIPN

    "This photography lark... it's a bugger"/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
     
  5. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    That will be £9K for breach of copyright Nigel - thanks, I can go and order my new Leica /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    No, use it by all means and I am glad you have discovered the way to post.
    I can see a magenta cast now in the foreground - looks like the software goblins are at work.

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  6. robbybobby

    robbybobby Well-Known Member

    It does look purple, doesn't it?

    Rob CRIPN

    If something's not worth doing, it's worth forgetting about.
     
  7. gareth.lock

    gareth.lock Well-Known Member

    This may sound stupid, but I thought with that title the image was going to be square too, or have you cropped it?

    Gareth

    Images of Life
     
  8. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    No one is stupid on here Gareth...

    except perhaps me at times (well, most of the time probably) I knocked a little bit off the bottom as it was intrusive, but it is a long time since I used any square format at all and was just playing about to get my head around the concept. Having to crop at all simply demonstrates that I haven't made it yet.

    Cohen the Kosher cock[​IMG]
     
  9. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Re: No one is stupid on here Gareth...

    The trouble with square format is that it jibes with our mental perception of the world. Generally we are more aware of our lateral peripheral vision than we are of the vertical and thus tend to see composition much more easily in that format.

    On top of that life is even more difficult when trying to visualise how a scene looks in B W (at least thats my excuse) so combining the two is almost an excercise in masochism!



    Nigel FRIPN

    "This photography lark... it's a bugger"/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
     
  10. JMACNALLY

    JMACNALLY RIP

    I don't think the square format is intended to be viewed as such at all times. Part of it's attraction is the ability to crop in either direction without loss of detail and keeping the camera in one orientation. Wedding shots are usually printed 8"x8" and the overlays will determine the final aspect. Interesting exercise to get a set of overlays and see how dramatically each one can alter the same 8x8 shot. I find it necessary to use a grid screen when composing 6x6 shots to get a better idea of how each shot will crop.

    <font color=purple>Johnmac</font color=purple>
    Everything is a photograph
     
  11. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: No one is stupid on here Gareth...

    That's actually why the square format is so powerful - because it's pretty alien.

    Nick BSRIPN
     
  12. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: No one is stupid on here Gareth...

    I've really grown to love it since getting the Mamiya 6 - I originally thought I would be mentally composing for a rectangular crop and then printing accordingly, but in practice I found I just naturally adapted to the square - a different style of composition, but still quite intuitive.

    Huw Evans.
    www.huwevans.freeuk.com
     
  13. robbybobby

    robbybobby Well-Known Member

    Re: No one is stupid on here Gareth...

    I love it, and it almost allows another dimension to the composition in that because it doesn't have a linear proportion, you can freely place elements in the picture wherever you want, eg. bottom centre, middle left, top right etc. etc.

    Rob NRIPN

    If something's not worth doing, it's worth forgetting about.
     

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