Exercise: Object in different positions in the frame

The Brief:

Find a subject, on that is very clear and set within a large, even background. Take a series of four photographs in which you place the subject in different positions in the frame. Make the first exposure without too much thought. Then take four images with the subject in different positions: subject in the centre; subject just off centre; subject close to edge or corner.

For this exercise I went to the soccer field on Grand Boulevard park. It has a raised embankment on the one side which gives enough height to shoot down on the even, green grass. There were a few children playing with their model airplane just behind me and I used them as subjects, capturing their actions when they were running after the plane to retrieve and bring it back for a relaunch again.

Figure 01: First exposure without much thought

Figure 01: First exposure without much thought

This was my first quick exposure without much thought taken. I like the way the boy’s gaze draws the eye towards the bottom right of the frame, leaving one to wonder what he is looking at.

Figure 02: Subject in centre of frame

Figure 02: Subject in centre of frame

In figure 02, the subject is in the centre of the frame. There is no tension in this image and it is rather predictable.

Figure 03: Subject in top left of frame

Figure 03: Subject in top left of frame

There is definitely an uneasy tension in figure 03 as the boy is placed in the top left of the frame. His head is very close to the top of the frame, giving the impression that he is about to leap out of the frame entirely.

Figure 04: Subject bottom right of frame

Figure 04: Subject bottom right of frame

With the placement of the subject in the bottom right of the frame (figure 04), no space has been left for the boy to run in to. He is almost at the very edge of the frame and this feels unnatural.

Figure 05: Subject bottom centre of frame

Figure 05: Subject bottom centre of frame

In figure 05 I placed the subject at the centre bottom of the frame. Although this placement is just a little lower in the frame than figure 02, it works better. There is more interest as the model airplane that the boy is carrying is tilted slightly offering a slight diagonal line pointing to the top right and bottom left corners of the frame. As well the boy’s right knee, foot and left arm form a diagonal to the opposite corners. He happened to glance up at me just as I was pressing the shutter and smiled.

 

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