February Theme – Curves

Forums Monthly Theme February Theme – Curves

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    Pete Robinson
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    The theme for January is now closed

    The theme for February is

    Curves

    Rather than have a set subject for February’s assignment, I’ve decided to keep it open but your images should use curves in their composition. Curves are a powerful composition tool and if you consider them before pressing the shutter release can greatly improve your photography. An easy way to remember the two main curve shapes is to think of our member Carl Sumner. His initials, CS, are the curve shapes. These can be used as lead in lines like a path or to balance or frame the subject. Examples could be an arch or a tree branch.
    If you want to inject more energy into your photograph have the curve leading diagonally and make sure it leads to an object rather than out of the frame. Make the journey along the curve enjoyable and use it to give your photograph depth.

    Many of the classical photographers have mastered the use of curves in their photography and some fine examples can be seen and analysed by Eric Kim when he explores the use of curves in photography
    The Digital Photography School of my favorite websites has some good basic advice for using curves in your composition and it can be seen here.

    Finally, Photography Mad has its top ten tips composition well worth considering here.

    Thank you everyone who contributed to last months theme.

    To upload your pictures login and open the Forum post. Please do not use the attachments button. Ensure the ‘Visual’ tab is selected and not the ‘Text’ tab. Then click on the right hand icon in the edit menu that looks like a picture of a mountain. It’s best to resize your picture before hand to have a long side of something like 680px at 72ppi, but the upload dialogue box has a resize option.

    The ‘Upload Picture’ icon will load a dialogue box. Click on the magnifying box icon to navigate to your picture on your device. Wait until the source text is displayed, then if you want to resize it enter the long side number of pixels in the first field of the dimensions field. Then click OK. It’s not as complicated as it sounds!

    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. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last months’ theme.

    • This topic was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by  Pete Robinson.
    #18158

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’ll kick off this month’s theme with this simple composition. I’ve found the curve but it doesn’t really lead to anything of interest so the curve is the main subject. What do you think? I’m sure you can do better.

    #18159

    meg cumming
    Participant

    mango lily

    #18160

    meg cumming
    Participant

    Thought I’d be brave and submit this for the Curves monthly theme.I like the way the flower folds and shows its curves. But I have a feeling I’ve picked the wrong version. Hay Ho never mind.

    #18161

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    You don’t have to be brave Meg. Thanks for post this lovely photo that certainly has plenty of curves. I like the way in which the curves flow from the bottom into the flowers eye catching red colour. I think the black background keeps the attention in the flower.

     

    #18179

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Here’s a simple picture taken in the Queens Park with a S curve leading in from the bottom left meeting the persom feeding the birds and then continuing on to the autumn trees. I think it give the photo some depth and structure. Do you think the background is too messy?

    The picture below uses the flimsy fence as a curved composition line to lead to the riders in the background. However, I’m not sure if they’re a distraction and I should have just concentrated on the foreground rider. What do you think?

    #18181

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    #18183

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting this picture Ken. It’s similar to my first photo above where the curve starts from the bottom left and leads to the subject. It gives it depth and concentrates the interest on the train for me.

    #18184

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    In this pattern picture the curve is the subject matter as well as used for composition. Al my photos seem to use physical curves. Has anyone got any pictures where the curves are formed by the direction of objects or tones?

    #18190

    KEN LAST
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    #18196

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I think that’s a well balanced photo taken at dusk. I don’t know if you meant it but I like the way you’ve caught the person in the doorway.

    #18233

    RALPH BROWES
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    RALPH BROWES
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    RALPH BROWES
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    RALPH BROWES
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