Choosing Compositons










Autumn is my favorite season. For me it means new beginnings. The air is fresh and the world seems to come alive. I was out walking about my neighborhood the other day taking photos, and just fell in love with the views, everything around me is so vibrant it puts so much passion into life.

What I’m looking for when I’m out taking photos is a variety of compositions and shapes as I go through the groves of trees, and nature gives us such an endless supply that my walk makes slow progress.

I have a favorite composition which is the Cruciform. Like nature it’s endless in the shapes it can create and it can be used in anything from landscapes and figures to still life. It’s such a fluid shape and in the examples I created above you can see the endless possibilities.

Cruciform quite literally means cross, it’s a way to use verticals and horizontals in a cross shape which engages all sides of the picture plane. It doesn’t mean that each arm of the cruciform has to touch the edges of the image, only that the forms are strong and grounded.





2 thoughts on “Choosing Compositons

  1. Cinda

    You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually something that I think I might never understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward to your subsequent put up, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!

  2. glenda Post author

    Thank you for your comment Cinda. It felt that way for me in the beginning too. One way to help is have a look at photographs you like and draw the cruciform shape over it. You will be surprised to find that your eye is naturally drawn to images that use this form as it is pleasing. Once you eye gets tuned you’ll start seeing it everywhere you look. Let me know about your progress. Cheers Glenda

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