The section on Dividing the Frame looked at how well balances some of my existing photographs were and gave some diagrams that could be used as a guide and examples of how balance could be achieved in different ways. Although I felt that most of the pictures I chose were reasonably well-balanced, I found it quite tough to match some of my images to any of the diagrams, this windmill is an example of that.
Whilst I felt that the tall silhouetted windmill on the right was balanced by the bright sun on the left and the foreground sloping in from bottom left to top right, I found it difficult to sketch why the balanced worked, or maybe it doesn’t. Is this maybe one example of where you though the rule book away?
The other exercise made me think about where the horizon should be placed and for this I took some pictures at Soudley Ponds. The first thing that struck me was that I need to read the exercises
properly and do exactly what it asks because I didn’t in this case. I used the top of the pond as the horizon, but actually it isn’t straight.
Most of the straightforward pictures with the horizon in the top, middle or bottom of the frame, worked ok, because there was quite a nice sky that day and good reflections of the trees in the water. I then noticed how the trees reflected in the water along the side of the pond, and although not the horizon as such, took some more pictures of this area. Some editing in Elements and this is the result.