Project 11: Balance

Balance: as well as many other meanings in the dictionary, the one meaning I think relates to art/photography in general and composition specifically is; “to compose or arrange so as to create a sate of harmony”, something I mention in the golden section further down this page and seems to run through the veins of composition, and for them reasons the whole concept of balance must be key when making a photograph.

There seems to be two types of balance; symmetrical and dynamic.

With symmetrical (as you can see from my diagram), the arrangement of entities seem to spread out equally from the centre of the frame, but what this does, is it breaks the Golden section rule some what, yet we still see these images as pleasing and harmonious proportions.

symetrical balance

symmetrical balance

With dynamic balance (as you can see in the diagram), a smaller entity can counter balance a larger entity, as long as it is strategically place within the frame.

dynamic balance

dynamic balance

I seem to mentioning if not thinking “pleasing and harmonious proportions” a lot within the frame chapter but there seems to be a hell of a lot of images in the public domain, some of them regarded as iconic that are defiantly not balanced and are there purely for the shock effect.

symmetrical balance

symmetrical balance

 symmetrical balance diagram

symmetrical balance diagram

The image above shows symmetrical balance through the graphical objects in the picture but not color, given the different shade of wooden plank directly to the left of the green, also the wood preserve below the green that has not been weathered due to the over-hang affording some protection from the elements.

The image below, on the other hand, shows dynamic balance, the four passengers in the boat are sitting central and slightly right, with the operator off to the left of the frame.

dynamic balance

dynamic balance

dynamic balance

dynamic balance

The image below I took from a moving vehicle in Bangladesh, now although the 2 subjects in this image; the rider and his load of eggs both sit off  centre to the left, right to the frame edge, using the analogy of the weigh scales, this image should be un-balanced as seen in the diagram below the image, however, I think this image is still pleasing to the eye, but I am not sure if it is the lead-in lines (I have highlighted in yellow) that add tension. They do start large at the edge of the frame and reduce in size as they close on the rider, providing an opposite force to the rider and vehicle, or it is the colour  of the advertising boards? I leaning towards the former.

unbalanced ?

unbalanced ?

unbalanced

unbalanced

rebalanced

rebalanced

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