Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The second and third images present much more pleasant surroundings. I have found these images make the viewer wish they were sitting there and really draws the viewer into the image. Sometimes an empty bench may make the viewer feel loneliness.
Going back to the first image, let us analyze it a bit more:
- Empty seat symbolism – loss.
- Wilted roses – reinforces the idea of death.
- Color – the color in the roses grabs the viewer’s eye. The lack of color in the rest of the image again creates a sense of loss, subdues the mood, etc.
- Lines on the granite wall lead you from the roses back to the empty bench.
- Light - the brighter light on the bench highlights the empty bench and may five a sense of hope to some.
What are some other strong symbolic elements you have seen used? Note, that some symbols may have emotional ties for you but not others.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
- Not really hi or low key - just average tonal range - maybe a touch on the dark side.
- Wide angle lens - gives is that since of distance from the foreground leaf to the curve.
- Road line is more straight up and down - less dynamic or exciting than a diagonal. This is in keeping with the more subdued (or negative) emotion.
- Foreground object close to front frame edge (not at the classic 1/3 location). This reinforces the left behind or loneliness of the image.
- Black and white image - again less vibrant and more subdued.
The second image was shot while zooming and panning using a long shutter exposure. The panning was to keep the end of the road as the zoom focal point. It has been blended in Photoshop with a "watercolor" version generated with Topaz Labs Simplify. What feelings does this rendition of the image illicit?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- Hi key image (somewhat) - highlights are allowed to blow out and the majority of the tones are on the lighter end of the scale. This creates an airy uplifting feeling.
- Vertical lines - the vertical lines of the tree have positive impact (as compared to horizontal ones).
- Diagonals - diagonal lines create energy and a sense of movement. The trees are at a slight diagonal in this image.
- Vertical framing - a vertical frame like any vertical lines in the image reinforces the positive feel.
- Low key image - most of the image is to the dark side - creating moodiness.
- Horizontal frame - horizontal lines or framing can make an image more subdued and tranquil.
- Post processed to emphasize the fog - fog adds mystery.
- Monochromatic - eliminating the bright fall colors again creates a more subdued retrospective image.
- Curved road - a path or road that disappears around a bend creates a sense of mystery. "What lies ahead?"
The third image conveys different emotions (shot again at the same time as the others). What do you feel when you look at it?