In my online class with the PPSOP, and also with my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, we work on the elements of visual design and composition, and how to use these elements to take our imagery what I call “Up a notch”. Instead of pigment placed on an artist palette, these elements replace the reds, and blues, and greens.
Joan, a student of mine at the PPSOP had told me that she had been to this marina lots of times, but when she went back with her ‘Artist Palette’, she saw the marina like she never had before. Now with the help all the elements firmly on her palette, she was “making picture” instead of “taking pictures”.
In this one photo, there’s:
Tension (by framing within a frame), the use of Negative Space defining the Positive Space, Pattern, Leading or Directional Lines taking the viewer’s eyes to the boats, Perspective, by creating layers of interest, and Shape (those wonderful circles). Joan has given the viewer lots to discover, and the more he discovers, the longer he’ll stick around…just what we want!!!
Really nice photo Joan!!!
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and check out my 2012 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime and we’ll work on your ‘Artist Palette’.