Theme: Organic Shapes
We are all about free-flowing, organic shapes this week in our 52 week Photography Challenge.
The rules are simple: Interpret the theme using digital photography on any device. Only minimal editing allowed.
Photographers need to spend a lot of time looking at shapes in order to refine their images.
As a fundamental design element, shapes exist all around us in different forms. They are the building blocks of a well composed image and should never be ignored.
When featured alone as a photographic subject, shapes can create very graphic and impactful images. They can be loosely classified as organic and in-organic, or geometric and are found in the natural and man-made worlds.
Let's take a look at a range of organic shapes as photographic subjects.
Organic shapes are most often found in the natural world, however, these days a vast amount of architectural design is based upon organic shapes as well.
In my book, any shape that is not symmetrical is organic. This lack of symmetry can appear dynamic and unpredictable since we are not sure where the outlines will end up.
It is also important to remember that shapes are comprised of positive (usually the shape of the subject), and negative space (shapes of the space around the positive shapes). Negative space is just as important as positive and is a crucial composition consideration.
Negative spaces create the form and outline of the shape. Without them, we wouldn't know what we were looking at. These spaces also provide contrasting texture, colour or tone to further define the shape outline for the viewer.
This is a helpful challenge to develop a photographer's eye. If you can be mindful of the vast amount and variety of shapes in your everyday life, you will never run out of things to photograph!
This is a great challenge to develop observation skills. Some tips to help you on your way are;
- Decide if the shape is enough to stand on it's own as the subject
- When composing the frame, ALWAYS consider the negative space as much as the positive.
- An image that features shape as the subject, should not be too 'busy' so that the shape is lost in other details.
- Look for ways to contrast the shape with the background.
Where will you see your next organic shape?
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- May 1, 2018 Street: Week 17 of 52 Photo Challenge. May 1, 2018
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