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05-01-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Point & Shoot Contest #31 - Composition

Theme - "Composition"

The emphasis should be on composition. Here is what I mean

"The image should be as simplistic/minimal as possible relying mostly on the composition of the image. The use of empty spaces, rule of 3rds, sense of motion in the composition or even breaking the formal rules of composition if you can find a *bohemian* composition." Maybe some familiar subject with a different view. The emphasis should be solely on how to present a common situation in an interesting way.

*Preferably no* or slight post-processing. Color/contrast adjustments, rotate/crop etc are fine. I think this would help bring out the real strength of composition.

It would be nice if you added a line or two describing what you had in mind when you took the picture.

THE RULES
1. Have fun!
2. No 35mm, APS, or 4/3 SLR/DSLR cameras allowed. 110 film SLRs, 35mm and smaller rangefinder/viewfindercameras are allowed. No medium or large format cameras allowed.
3. Entries will close on May 30th, 2010.
4. Maximum image dimensions are 800x800 pixels.
5. List camera brand, model with entry for all to see.
6. THEME: "Composition"
7. Max of 3 photographs per person.
8. Winner will set up and judge next contest.


Let's get rolling with our P&S's friends


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05-01-2010, 08:11 PM   #2
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Just some examples to show what I have on my mind. These are not necessarily taken with P&S cameras but are just some examples of what I have on mind.

The common feature of all these examples is that these are usual common things/situations that I see, which I tried to present in either a different way or a minimal way. I had to think a lot about composition for these shots.


I wanted to use the inward drawing lines to draw the viewer's attention towards the center and wanted to use the train as a part of the lines too. Taken with my A590IS, sharpened and sepia conversion done in GIMP


I wanted to emphasize the afternoon shadows of the tables and/or chairs at the coffee shop and kinda liked the way the shadow of this table merged well with the legs of the table giving it an alien feeling. Taken with my D80, slight crop and B&W conversion done in GIMP


I wanted to show the drummer and the drum in a minimal way and wanted the emphasis to be on the drum and the sticks. Somehow this compo seemed to give me that. Taken with D80, square crop and slight sepia cast done in GIMP


I wanted to present a different angle to the familiar game and this macro shot kinda gave a different and dizzying view of the game. Taken with a friend's Canon S3 IS, B&W conversion done in GIMP

Hope these help explain what I have on my mind.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENJOY TAKING PICTURES AND SHARING THEM

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Let's see some posts guys...
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QuoteOriginally posted by toylas Quote
Let's see some posts guys...
Film's still at the lab...maybe this afternoon

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Toylas, your examples aren't helping any
Difficult act to follow!

Nevertheless, I came up with these:

Along the pier





Pretty minimalistic, I think. Some symmetry and contrast between the darker pier on the right and the lighter pier on the left.
A sense of depth by the couple waking towards the end and the little boat on its way to sea.



Into the harbour






Actually, this is the view looking back from the first photo.
Again, minimalistic. What I found interesting here, are the lines formed by the rows of pylons in the water, leading to the constructions on the end.
(a monument for WW 1 - this is Nieuwpoort, Belgium - and a hotel)


Weed





All credits go to mother nature for this one. A 'simple' weed can proof to be a complex construction.



All pictures were, as always, taken with Panasonic FX500.
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Very nice pictures Bart!! I think you got the idea exactly right.

Sorry if my examples were confusing. I just wanted to share some examples where I thought a lot about composition and feel that composition is the only important element in those, not image quality, not processing. Just familiar subjects with a little different composition/view.

I hope this clarifies things for others who might be confused. I have added some more (italicized) description in the original posts too. Please let me know if that reduces the confusion.

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Not confusing, toylas.
I just wanted to indicate that your examples are very, very good!
And therefore difficult to follow with my meager entries
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"Wheel", shot with Balda Baldamatic II 35mm Rangefinder, 45mm lens, 1/500th at F/16 on Fuji Superia 400.

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Nice image unixrevolution! The colors are really nice. Could you also explain what you had on your mind when you took the picture?
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QuoteOriginally posted by toylas Quote
Nice image unixrevolution! The colors are really nice. Could you also explain what you had on your mind when you took the picture?
I was shooting the ferris wheel from a distance, and I thought a closer shot from the side where the sun was hitting it would be more interesting. I was pleased with the colors of the cars, so I lined up an interesting composition and took it.

The ferris wheel was from a travelling carnival, and I was actually in my car at the time. Good thing I drive a convertible
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Let's see some posts guys...
Shot by my daughter on Canon SX120IS while on her school trip to USA, touring NY and Boston. I thought it was good composition.
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Shot taken while riding my motorcycle in central California using a Panasonic DMC-FX150. Looks like I was going about 65mph at the time.



Here's a self portrait.
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"Self-Portrait in Shadow"



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Nice pictures Kevin, Frank and unixrevolution!

Come on guys. where are others?
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Reflections (or self portrait) ??

Here another from my daughters collection. Canon SX120IS
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