July Theme – Break the Rules

Forums Monthly Theme July Theme – Break the Rules

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    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    The theme for June is now closed

    The theme for July is

    Break the Rules

    Following on from last months’ theme of Intentional Camera Movement I’ve decided to choose another theme to make members think a bit about their photography. For the sunny month of July I challenge our members to break the rules. After all we’re often told rules are there to be broken. We’ve all been guided how we should take the perfect picture, but this can make our photography predictable. I’d like to see our members show they can reinvent their photography  in a thoughtful and creative dimension.

    The horizons don’t have to be level. The subject doesn’t have to be sharp or placed on a third. Try placing the subject on the edge or in the centre to create a more dramatic image. We’ve seen members turn photographs upside down to good effect and strengthen the picture.

    I’ve found some examples of what I mean on the ‘York Place Studios’ website here:

    York Place Studios photographic style

    There’s also an interesting article on it in Amateur Photographer here:

    https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/technique/expert_advice/breaking-the-rules-in-photography-66646

    Thanks for your contributions.

    It’s easy to upload your pictures now. 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. If you wish you can prepare your picture before hand to have a long side of something like 650px at 72ppi, but the upload dialogue box has a resize option.

    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 3 months, 3 weeks ago by  Pete Robinson.
    #16755

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’ll kick off this month’s theme with a heavily cropped image that just concentrates on the shadow of the marching cadets.

    I think it shows that you can have several pictures within a single picture. Cropping in a unconventional manor can make the photo more noticeable and encourage a debate on whether it ‘works’ or not.

    #16781

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    This was quite a challenge to take and to get a result I had to use some unconventional settings. Not strictly breaking the rules, but certainly using a different technique than I usually employ.  It was taken in a darken room with only a flashing disco light on. The dancing ladies were waving their glow sticks and I’d been asked to photograph it.

    Obviously using a flash in the normal way would have killed the atmosphere so after some experimentation I decided to use second curtain sync with a reduced power flash set manually. The would hopefully freeze some of the movement. I set the camera fully manual with a shutter speed of about 1/4 second to record the ambient light and movement of the glow sticks then the flash fired at the end of the exposure to freeze the image. Iso was about 800 and aperture f6.3.

    #16800

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Well for me Peter, that is an amazingly calculated bit of camera work( and I thought you just shot on   P—-LOL) With an end result of one very beautiful photograph. Great camera work–excellent picture–  a  lesson for all of us.

    #16810

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks very much for your comment Ken. Using program mode would have been a disaster. You have to take control. It’s my ambition to stop people using Program mode and take control of their cameras. I know this photo isn’t pin sharp and is over saturated, but I got a result that I’m happy with and the charity I took them for were pleased with it.

    #16811

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    This is a photo I took during on of my assignments for Cheshire East at Crewe Library. The class were learning to build visual electronic toys. I broke the rules by twisting the camera to add a bit of drama and got in close with a wide angle lens which has introduced some distortion. Not politically correct for the purist photographs but I think it enhances the atmosphere. What do you think?

    #16823

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Here’s a couple of experiments I tried while playing around with my camera. The first one was created by twisting the camera while using a shutter speed of around 1/30 second. I found it difficult to keep the subject centred.

    The second one is of the same flower bed, but just zooming the lens while taking the shot. To get the best result I found it’s best to start zooming first then take the exposure using a long exposure again. These are not everyone’s cup of tea of course, but it’s a it of fun to try these techniques out and see what you get.

    #16952

    wbaxter
    Participant

    This image is 2 exposures on one frame. First one sharp next one slightly out of focus, then slightly de-saturated.  The repeated shapes of the branches caught my eye. Possibly less out of focus might have been better, I was trying to get the impression of movement in the leaves, got that but the main branches are also out of focus. I might even enter it in a competition this year.

    #16953

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for breaking the rules in a creative and imaginative way Wallace. That’s a clever technique and very effective. You certainly get the impression of movement in the leaves. It reminds me of a very old photo taken with a poor lens. If you have two layers could you erase the blurry bark from that layer to leave the sharper bark showing through, if I’m explaining myself properly. I’m glad someone else breaks the rules!

    #16965

    wbaxter
    Participant

    Yes Peter the layers method is the conventional way to do an image like that. Indeed I took two such images (one sharp and one out of focus) with a view to going down that route, but probably won’t now.

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