Monday, August 22, 2005

Interactive Blog Post- Compositional Comparisons

Silk Ribbons

Antiqued Bird Bath


Forever Forgotten

All right, you Photographers! This is where you get involved.
Question of the Month:
What are the compositional similarities within these 5 photos? What is similar, and what is different? For clarity sake, I have titled each of the photos.

If you think you know the answer, please post your idea in the comments box.

Have fun,

By the way, I now have my own website! There isn't much on it yet, but feel free to visit by clicking here. Go ahead and browse, gain some ideas, and give me suggestions!


  1. Love the site Sarah! It's given me ideas!

    Keep clicking!

    Your 'Fringe Friend',


  2. Faith Ann Sauve7:28 PM

    O.K. Sarah,

    I'm not a famous photographer or anything, (like you . . .my hero! :-) but I'll give this a try.

    Similarities: All the focal points in the pictures are on the right side.

    Differences: Well, I'm not so sure about this, but. . .
    "Silk ribbons", and "Evangeline" look like their colors have a painted effect of some kind. . . maybe . .?

    "Cowboy" looks like it is either black and white or antiqued.

    And I think the other two, "Antiqued Bird Bath" and "Forever Forgotten" are just regular, (whatever that means:-) although they both have rust in them. ;)

    So how did I do? Didn't embarass myself (or you) to much did I?

    Great pictures! Keep up the good work!

    Faith <><

  3. Similarities:

    1) Subject weighted at right of the frame.

    2) All of the pictures have a distinctive texture as a "sub-focus" of the photo. "Silk Ribbons" highlights the wall paneling, "Antique Bird Bath" highlights the "texture" of the bowl as it was affected by water - the wet pool at the bottom + the residual wetness on the bowl + the dryness of the outer ring of the bowl, "Cowboy" highlights the contrast of the bars emphasized by the varying depths, "Forever Forgotten" highlights the grass and item on the left (can't tell what it is), and "Evangeline" highlights the pattern of the woman's skirt. I guess you could include the "Birdbath" if you wanted to consider the still water as a subordinate focus to the cast bird.

    Areas of Uniqueness:

    1) Color scheme - pic 1 are green hues, pic 2 are red, pic three is grayscale, pic 4 are blues, pic 5 are browns.

    2) "Silk Ribbons" - I can't exactly figure out what is unique about the colors of this photo. It looks like its been desaturated to a small degree, contrast has been increased, and there's a "flat" look about the girl. Looks like a matte painting done in the mid-1900s. Can't put my finger on the technique, but would love to know...

    3) "Cowboy" is obviously the only photo with an item in the foreground that is not the subject and therefore blurred.

    4) "Evangeline"'s pose is beautiful. And, unique in it's multi-directional lines. First your eyes go to her face. Then, to her arm in front which wraps around her face in a circular fashion bringing you back to focusing on her face. Then, you follow the form of her body down her outstreched right arm, which is aided by her bare arm that crosses vertically to the floor, offsetting the horizontal focus when you follow her legs in another direction. Quite well done!

    That's all I can think of right now...

  4. Sarah,
    #1. All subjects are in the right third of the frame.
    2# In 'Silk Ribbons' and 'Birdbath', focus is immediately drawn to the face and the bird respectively. In 'Forgotten', focus is drawn to the bottom of the frame by the grasses, water flow, and can opening. In 'Cowboy' the bars frame his head and thus draw attention to it. In 'Evangeline', focus is drawn the her eyes and then downward in an 'S' shape.

    Good job!


  5. Ok. We are getting some good dicussion on this post. It is wonderful for me to be able to hear some other opinions and perspectives. Allison and I are always looking for critiques/thoughts from fellow photographers, artists, and photo lovers! The world of photography can be a rough and unforgiving one; It is outstanding to discover new perspectives from fellow Christians- photographers or not!

    Yes, the compositional theme I chose was in the placement of the main subject in the upper right. (This would be the same 'rule of thirds' concept that I mentioned in the previous update)

    Please keep commenting and letting me know what your perspective and thoughts are.


  6. Fatih!

    Great work. I really appreciate your taking the time and thought on these photos and giving a honest and thought out oppinion.

    See you Sunday!


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