For the seventh week of this spring semester, we are required to do Reading 6, which is based on Chapter 10 (pages 134 – 154) of the textbook. I took the following pictures via my phone, capturing each category:
I am having difficulty distinguishing between symmetrical (centralizing the objects) and asymmetrical (using the rule of thirds) pictures. This photo was taken at a nearby cafe in my neighborhood and has the lion as the center of it. The tables and lamps are what creates the painting of the lion to be in the center and gives it a dynamic.
I thought this photo of my friend running is a appropriate example of a asymmetrical photo. I tried to use the rule of the thirds, which makes me see the contrast between the large and smaller spaces of the image.
- Shows contrast:
This picture displays contrast simply through the lighting (and also of the dark and light elements). Contrast often refers to something being different from something else. I actually wanted to put this under “shows influence through lighting” as well, but I decided that it fit well with the contrast.
- Shows influence through lighting:
The lighting isn’t very obvious in this one – it’s in the buildings. You can see that there are shadows (direct light) coming from the buildings and behind the people. The building with the man on it almost doesn’t seem recognizable, since its color blends in with the sky. I believe that the lighting makes the viewer have a clear understanding of the photo, such as knowing what time it is (near evening) and the season.
I did not only choose this picture because it is in a vertical format, but also because you can feel something when you look at it. The towering buildings, the people in their jackets, the contrasting of the buildings.
I chose this to be under the horizontal category because: the focus is the Darth Vader plush. You can see the other dolls around it, along with the ceiling of the store.
- Long shot:
Long shots allow enough space for the atmosphere and setting to be grasped by the viewer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take a photo in the worm’s eye view (camera is placed low) or the bird’s eye view (camera is placed high). In the picture above, I chose to take it from a worm’s eye view. My position and angle really flaunts the building and how tall it is, along with the sky and the shadows of the other buildings around it.
- Close shot:
I didn’t take a close shot from the same location I took for the long shot.
However, meet Andy. This is Professor Murray’s (from the Communications Department) dog. He’s a sweetheart and a bit shy.
In the textbook, it said that the most common way to illustrate a close shot is to have the person be in the center of the image. I shot this photo right when Andy was looking at my direction, which, I believe, gives intimacy to the viewer.