For this exercise I had to select a clear subject set within a large even background. I was then to take a series of photographs in which I have placed the subject in different positions within the frame. The subject I chose was a large terracotta planter sitting in an outdoor paved lane. I shot the first photograph quickly and placed it centrally (almost) in the frame.
I then took 4 further photographs with the planter in various positions within the frame.
I studied the 5 images to consider which version I consider to work best. My immediate thought were that I liked the first image the least. Perhaps because the terracotta planter seems to be blending in with the background. It also doesn’t tell the viewer about the location, it could be in a lane, on a patio or in numerous other places. I was not keen on image 2 for similar reasons.
Jumping to image 5, I thought placing the planter to the left and higher in the frame added some interest and the idea of depth to the photograph.
Image 3 and 4 show the planter to the left of the frame and in doing so reveal some of the nearby surroundings. Both of these images appear to work well, particularly with an identical planter showing in the diagonal distance.
That said, I prefer image 3. The vertical frame helps to shows the planter in an area which suggests a lane or alley and a glimpse of the courtyard behind where this leads to.
In order of my preference;