Project 6. Fitting the Frame To The Subject

This project required me to find a subject that was compact (I choose an obelisk..what the hell was i thinking?), clear in appearance and accessible both from a distance and close up. the plan was to take a minimum of 4 images, the first taken with no real consideration of the composition, this believe it or not is not as easy as you might think, once you know some of the composition rules, you want to keep applying them, so i purposely centered my subject and included radio masts in the back ground, even though i did include lead in lines (curb), 

Oblisk
Obelisk

with my second image i was to spend more time selecting and and try to capture an image that fitted the whole of the frame as tightly as possible but without cutting into the subject, because of my selection of subject i found this very difficult to achieve, so i have shown 2 versions:firstly an un-cropped version, followed by a cropped version. the first version although as tight to the frame as i could get it, still shows some of the background, however, not enough to show a real estimate of the scale of the subject (but enough to give some indication this is fairly large), even with the large building in the background, this is probably, because of the close proximity to the subject coupled with the dead ground between the subject and the house.

uncropped

un-cropped

The tightly cropped version of the same image shows very little background to give any indication of size. Giving these two examples of tight cropping, it is important then to show some of the background or setting (surroundings) to give the viewer an idea of the scale of the subject.

cropped

cropped

My third image was to capture a close up version of the subject not showing any of the the edges. This version is possibly one the most interesting angles of this subject, again, as with the two images above, this image shows no real scale however what it does give you, that the other two  do not is a sense of depth. Given  the shape of the subject.. other angles would mainly show plain brickwork or an image full of text, i feel, i have added some dimensions from this angle of view. (i will try and get a larger version of this image soon)

Close up

My final image of the project i had to move away and place the subject in the frame so that it occupied a quarter or less, at the same time do my best to make a composition that stresses the surroundings. There were a number of options open to me, however, i choose to show this version, because although the subject is central to the frame (not recommended according to the rule of thirds) i feel this works on this occasion, the diagonal lines of court yard leading to the archway, once at the initial arch, the clock wall then seems to lead the eye in a change of direction slightly, leading to the second arch, and then the subject and gardens framed within the arch, although not central within the arch.

obelisk framed
obelisk framed

These images show versions of cropping from the top picture that i took. Although this was the base line to work from, with some reworking of the cropping tool it was possible to pull out some viable versions although not entirely appealing they are there never the less. What these crops also do is reduce some of the background elements that detract the viewers eye from the main subject. The problem i have found with this though, is the more of the image i cropped the more i had to stretch what was left behind, resulting in a lesser quality image, to that end it makes sense that i should take my time on the decisions of framing the shot on location, so there is little or no cropping required post processing, coupled with always take my images with the highest quality setting my camera will allow, should there be a requirement to crop later.

crop2
crop1
crop1
crop2

crop3

click here to to see my references for this project

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