The point is the most fundamental design element. It has to be small within the frame and its position is generally more important than its form.
1. Take two or three photographs in which a single point is placed in different parts of the frame. (A ‘point’ should be small in relationship to the frame; if it’s too large it becomes a shape.)
A point in an image is traditionally very small in comparison to the frame, and usually is displayed best on a simple or plain background. With this in my mind, my thoughts turned to birds in flight. My love of photography stems from my love for Wildlife, and the technical challenges that come with this discipline is something that really excites me.
I headed out and was lucky enough to stumble across a Red Kite near my local woods, on the hunt for small woodland creatures to get his talons in to. Photographing this bird of prey didn’t pose as many of the challenges as I first thought, as their wing movement is minimal and rather than flapping they glide and soar gracefully through the air, meaning that their speed is quite slow. This meant positioning myself and my camera was relatively easy. I was also graced with blue skies, so finding my point through the view finder wasn’t as hard as maybe on a darker day. I also benefited by using a small zoom lens, to capture enough of the bird so it was distinguishable, but also to fall in line with the brief and keep the subject small.
Upon reflecting my images, and writing about my interpretation of the images, I begin to understand that although as a photographer you may have a desired composition or structure to an image, there really isn’t any true form of correctness. Sometimes I find the images that are considered to be ‘wrong’ more interesting than the dictatorial ‘right’ way to create an image.