Once more I’ve had loads of good shooting time and logging on my hands so I’m on a bit of a roll! Don’t worry, I will start to go quiet for a bit as I work towards my next exercise and the assignment, so I won’t be doing 2 posts a day!
For this exercise I needed a fairly interesting landscape with an obvious horizon as I needed to shoot the same scene, positioning the horizon at various heights in the frame, throughout the sequence of shots, where the purpose is to look at how the positioning of the horizon can change the way an image works.
1. I positioned the horizon very low on this first shot, aiming for half way between the bottom edge of the frame and the imaginary line marking the bottom third of the image. With the flat grey sky, there’s not really enough going on to make the image really work that well with the horizon so low.
2. I brought the horizon up to the bottom third line for this one – it feels a little more comfortable than Image 1, but still not enough details in the sky to make it work that well.
3. The horizon is now between the lower third line, and the dead centre of the image, starting to reveal more foreground interest, it kind of works, but the driftwood at the front is cut in half and needs to be shown more.
4. the horizon is now dead centre, right on the halfway line, making it a bit too even. There’s a bit more of the foreground interest, but it’s still not enough to balance it out properly, and the driftwood is still too cropped.
5. the composition is starting to feel much more comfortable now – the horizon is between half way, and the top third line, bringing the whole of the driftwood foreground interest into the shot – I’m torn between this image and image 6 below as to which one I prefer.
6. The horizon is now on the line of the top third, and it feels a little more balanced that when the horizon was on the lower third, as there is the foreground interest. I think had the driftwood been a little lower in the shot I would have probably preferred this over image 5.
6. The horizon is a little too high on this one I think, especially as there is too much empty space below the driftwood.