More activites from Unit 1

The next lot of exercises involved:

  • fitting the frame to the subject
  • placing the subject within the frame

Aimed at making you think about the composition and not just assuming that the obvious shot is the only or even the best one.  I did the first of those exercises twice, mainly because I felt that the topic chosen first time round didn’t work particularly well.  Sure enough,  I took the shots as I would normally take then, closed in and filled the frame, moved back so that the subject was in its wider surroundings and finally focused in on a small part of the subject.  What I found myself doing here, particularly with the close up shots, was looking at the subject in a different way and looking for different interesting aspects of it to photograph.  The two subjects in question were an old abandoned tractor and a group of trees, planted to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee at the top of May Hill.   In the case of the tractor, I focused on the wheels and at May Hill, I went into the trees and photographed the commemorative plaque.

Abandoned tractor

Commemorative plaque at May Hill


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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