We recently had a Photowalk for willing members of the Guyana Photographers’ Facebook Group, it was ostensibly called “Canal #2 Photowalk”, that just meant we met at the western end of Canal #2 on the West Bank of Demerara, right where it meets the Conservancy, from there we chose a direction to walk (by default we headed North). Each member is initially allowed three images to upload to the album on the group, and Fidal Bassier wanted us to put some emphasis on “Composition” for this PhotoWalk, so there was some discussion about it… and I chose these three photos for certain reasons.
First image: House – 14-1649
I was mentioning to someone at the beginning of the walk (or a few someones) that it is important to know what makes a good composition, read as much as you can on things like the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and other compositional aids, rules and guides. Once you know these things it makes composing a decent image all the easier, but it also allows you to realize that some scenes will allow you to “break” those rules.
For this image I pretty much threw the Rule of Thirds away… the main compositional aid being a Leading Line – the bridge leading you to the house, but even this is muted a bit by the shadow across the early portion of the bridge.
Second image: Sit – 14-1654
Initially the impulse was to zoom in to avoid all the clutter in the photo to simplify the scene down to the man, the boat and the conservancy behind him; but I thought that including the rough woodwork and using the low sun as a backlight would make for a nice silhouette shot or at least a more inclusive rather than exclusive composition. The low-hanging branch also helped enclose that corner of the frame. Shooting into the sun naturally desaturates a scene, and I used this to advantage in the colouring of the image. I also again ignored the Rule of Thirds and relied on the leading lines of the wood and the bright sun to lead you to the subject.
Third image: Prelude to Sunset – 14-1698
It seemed that although a few of us wanted to stick around to see the sunset, others preferred to get going… so I took a Prelude to Sunset photo. When I first started taking photos, I would be happy with just a plain nice sunset, but as I began to appreciate some more the images that actually made me look twice at them, I came to realize that some Sunset images (and most landscape ones, come to think of it) needed a foreground object in the composition to hold your attention as well, so I tried to include a portion of a rusty pontoon. I exposed for the sky and had already decided that I would be doing some post-process fill-light to regain some detail in the pontoon.
I hope I didn’t bore anyone with all of that… overall, I think it was a good Photowalk. Click on the images above to see them in the Gallery along with other images in the “Out and About” album.