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.