OCTOBER THEME – Balance

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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for September is now closed

    The theme for October is

    Balance

    Now that our brand new season has started this month’s theme will help you think about the composition of your photographs more. All photographs have balance of shapes, lines and colours. Putting them together to create an effective composition is key to the success of the photograph. This month I invite members to post photographs where the main subject is balanced and supported by other picture elements. Then we can discuss the composition to improve our photography.

    We now have a much simpler uploading process for the images you want to post. The best way to insert an image is to use the right hand icon in the edit menu. It looks like a picture of a mountain. It’s best if you prepare your picture before hand to have a long side of something like 650px at 72ppi

    There’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken so search though your archives show us what you can produce. If you would like to suggest any topics for the monthly theme please let me know.

    #14964
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    KEN LAST
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    An interesting theme Peter.

    #14965
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    KEN LAST
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    Sets me thinking. Balanced in the perspective to view a landscape as best viewed but to achieve this it has to be weighted to one side–If you see what I mean.    Loch Fyne   1976  -BD (Before digital)

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    #14966
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    KEN LAST
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    #14968
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    KEN LAST
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    Me and this website?????????????????This is Loch Fyne and all that.!!!!

    #14975
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    RALPH BROWES
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    Balance?Balanced?

    Balance?Balanced?Balancing?

    Its just my style!!!

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    #14976
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    RALPH BROWES
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    The Balance between Madness and Desire

    The Balance between madness and desire

    #14978
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for making an interesting start to this months theme.

    In Ken’s first photo I can see one bird balances the other but I think I would have liked the bird on the right to be looking into the picture.

    Ken’s landscape receding landscape  has a dark tree balanced with a lighter background so my eye travels from the foreground to the distant hills. I think a light vignetting would have helped to keep the eye on the central hills.

    Plenty of balancing acts in Ralph’s photos. I enjoy looking at the first one of the people climbing the styal which is on a right third and balanced with the view on the left. However, I would have preferred the man on the left to have been looking at the others rather than looking away.

    In Ralph’s second photo I think the walker is the main subject and is balanced with the rest of the scene.  I think he just needs lightening a bit to make him stand out more.

     

    #14994
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    Peter Robinson
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    Here’s a few images from my visit to the Alan Turing play in Knutsford last month. I need some advice on these please as too whether the balance works or not. What do you think?

    #14996
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    ajroyle
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    Good topic choice Peter. It makes me think that I often used to comment on the weight of elements in a composition and that is what balance, to me, is all about.

    Ians profile of the judge is a good example. You could crop, or take, it differently but I think he has just the right balance between the head and the space. That is a very good image.

    Ralph’s style shot has balance too. The single person to the left and the single person to the right contribute greatly to it.

    Ken’s gulls need a bit more space to right and left to get the balance right.

    #14997
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    KEN LAST
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    #14998
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    KEN LAST
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    Toned with help of  Topaz.

    #14999
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    KEN LAST
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    I agree with Peter–the bird needs to be looking inwards. Only had to throw a crust and she turned for me.

    #15003
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    Peter Robinson
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    Well done Ken. You’re much more balanced now!

    #15029
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    Peter Robinson
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    Three more images from my archives where I’ve tried to get the balance right. The first one is centrally balanced and I think works OK, but I’m not sure if I got the angles right in the second one. What do you think? I’m quite happy with the third as it complies to the rule of thirds which some think is over done.

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