The object of this exercise is to photograph an object and experiment with how much space it takes up in the frame of the viewfinder.
I took a series of 4 photographs of a date palm tree at the local beach area. The first photograph I took quickly, without much thought. The result was a vertical image with the tree placed centrally amidst it’s immediate surroundings.
The second photograph was to be taken with more care. I approached the tree attempting to make the tree fit the frame as tightly as possible. Again, a portrait format frame captured the tree’s height best.
For the third photograph I used the viewfinder to focus in tightly on the tree trunk. This image shows clearly the rough, uneven texture of the tree’s bark.
For the fourth image I moved back until the tree filled only a small area of the viewfinder and the surrounding area was included in the composition. To do this best I changed the orientation to landscape to show the quiet, sandy area to the left of the tree and the unoccupied beach to it’s rear.
I repeated the exercise, photographing an Arabian style wind tower at a nearby hotel. As before, I composed and took the photograph quickly, placing the tower in the centre of the frame using a landscape orientation.
For the second photograph I wanted to fill the frame as much as possible with the wind tower so I turned the frame to portrait orientation. This isolated it from the other building structures.
For the third photograph I approached the tower and filled the frame with one of the tower sides.
For the last photograph I stepped back from the tower to include the tower’s surrounding including other elements of the building, the sky and the doors at it’s base.
Now, I will use the cropping tool on my photo editing software to look for alternative possibilities by cropping these images. I will begin with the palm tree series of photographs in my next post.