We finished up our Landscapes (Foregrounds) assignment this week as we challenged you to shoot a landscape photo where the foreground had something of interest in it. Often times we shoot landscapes where we see a gorgeous background, but there's nothing in the foreground to draw us into the rest of the image. Our winners this week were able to do just that and make us want to look further into the image.
Our winner this week was rosserx's “Quarters Only”. This shot has a really strong composition, and there's even a bit of humour in there with the “turn vision to clear” sticker. This one really stood out.
Our first runner up was Bruce A's “Byron Beach Chair”. The strong foreground colour provides a good balance to the more muted tones in the background and the chair helps to provide a sense of scale. It really makes you wonder why the chair is sitting there in the first place, and the footsteps leading away are a nice touch.
And last, but not least was Big Nick's “Two Girls”. Often times we see sunsets, but there is little aside from the gorgeous colours and shapes of the clouds. This shot added a more human element to it with the silhouette of an expectant mother.
Well done to all our winners!
We also started our Framing assignment this week. This is another of our back to basics assignments. Framing can be used to draw attention to a particular subject. We often do it when we display our pictures, but what about within the picture? You can use objects within a scene to create a frame to draw your eye to the subject. As always though, a quick reminder of the rules for our weekly assignment. First, your photo must have been taken between 25 May – 8 June 2011. Second, your post must include the word “Framing” and the date the photo was taken. If it is missing either of these it will not be included in the weekly judging. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it's useful if you can include some of the main points such as camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc.
Next week our assignment will be Symmetry. Symmetry can add balance and harmony to the composition of an image. You can find it in architecture with matched windows on either side of the door, nature with the petals on flowers, people and the symmetry of faces, or in arrangements of your own making.