I'm straying away from my usual pet photography for Sundays in Black and White to focus on what happens when you actual start "seeing" a moment and recognizing strong composition in the ordinary. In architecture there is the famous quote by Mies van der Rohe "Less is More" which can also be true for photography; sometimes the less there is in a composition the more creative and powerful it can become.
We recently went on vacation to Ireland and on our first day in Portrush we spent most of the afternoon walking along the harbor downtown, taking in all the colorful arcades and watching the boats bob up and down in the bay. On our way back to the car I looked down to see a single boat tied to the harbor wall with these two lines and thought that it would make a great black and white photograph! The boat provided a strong focal point and the two, thin ropes tied to the wall draw your eye downward and help "lock" the subject in place. But the ripples in the water still provide for that sense of movement and time passing by. Simple, but unique, and becomes a nice memory for me of that day.
You can find more tips on composition here:
- 18 Composition Rules for Photos that Shine
- Four Simple Tips for Better Composition (I especially like #2 on Border Patrol)
- 11 Thoughts: An Introduction to Photographic Composition (#4-Forcing a photograph-so true!)
I love how it turned out and I can't wait to print this and hang it up in our house! Speaking of printing.....I think I'll take care of that right now! Have a great Sunday afternoon!