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  • Pete Robinson
    Keymaster
    February 1, 2020 at 10:54 am #22326

    The theme for January is now closed

    The theme for February is

    Minimalism

    Minimalism is a style employed by many 20th Century artists, using a minimum amount of components such as colour, shape, line and texture. Beginners in photography often try to cram to much into their frame. This can create a complicated image and result in confusion. Minimalism is often defined as ‘less is more meaning’ that a small single subject can be dominate when balanced with a plain featureless background. We often see this style in a monochrome conversion to simplify the image even more. Landscape photographers are keen employee it with slow shutter speeds to blur out any detail in running water or a cloudy sky. It’s strength lies in the contrast between the detailed subject and it soft surroundings. Composition is a key component to a successful image as placement of the subject can enhance its important. This is quite a challenge for our members this month as it’s not the theme we normally try so let’s give it ago and see what we can come up with. You don’t have to go far. Look out for an everyday item that’s normally taken for granted and record it in a different light.

    For some inspiration and examples have a look at the diffusephoto’s  website

    The TutsPlus website also has some excellent example in colour here.

    The way we now upload images has changed. To make it easier just resize your photograph as you would for a PDI competition. That is size it to fit in a 1600x1200px frame them it will neatly fit into the post. You have to type in some text first or the picture will fail to upload. Then click on the BROWSE button below to search your device for the picture. You can upload up to 4 images at a time. When you’ve finished uploading and adding your text press the SUBMIT button. See the illustration below for advice.

    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.

     

    • Pete Robinson
      Keymaster
      Posts: 1045
      February 10, 2020 at 1:51 pm #22431

      I’m not really sure if this photo can be classified as a minimalism photograph as it has many elements and no obvious subject. However, as it has a plain background I hope it will qualify!  What do you think?

       

       

    • Pete Robinson
      Keymaster
      Posts: 1045
      February 11, 2020 at 9:43 am #22439

      These photos have a definite subject without and distracting elements or supporting features. Have I broken the ‘rules’ by placing it centrally? I think the B&W version is more minimalistic. Which do you prefer?

    • meg cumming
      Participant
      Posts: 416
      February 16, 2020 at 3:10 pm #22486

      Not my usual kind of image what do folks think

    • Pete Robinson
      Keymaster
      Posts: 1045
      February 17, 2020 at 9:51 am #22490

      Thanks very much for posting that interesting image Meg. I’m guessing it’s a negative of the flower and it’s created an artistic effect from a ordinary view. I think the mottled background helps the minimalism effect as it has no distractions. I think I may have cloned out the ‘branch’ growing out to the right which points out of the picture. I like the idea and simple colour pallet.

    • Pete Robinson
      Keymaster
      Posts: 1045
      February 20, 2020 at 9:16 am #22511

      This photo is quite minimalistic (if that’s a word) as it has a vast sky with the main subject is relatively tiny at the bottom of the frame. Do you think it’s effective or could it be improved with a different composition?