Our eyes don’t see in rectangles

I don’t know about you, but my eyes don’t see things framed by rectangles.  Cameras, on the other hand, do see in rectangles and we have to take that into account when we take a photograph.  Having forced the view of the world into the rectangle defined by our camera sensor, you can use the edges and corners as strong compositional elements.

This rather wonderful building in the Hauser and Wirth garden near Bruton, Somerset, had a large square aperture.  By taking it at an angle I have turned it into a trapezium.  One of the corners of the trapezium is in the corner of the frame, and the other corners of the the trapezium are on the frame’s edges.  It’s divided the image into triangles and polygons.  The black and white treatment makes it simpler.

The story of this path is a simple one; it runs from bottom left to top right.  The little bit of the curve in the top right makes the shape more interesting.  This needs to be in colour, as the difference in colour between the fields and the path line is important.

In this image I have use three frame corners as line origins.  It wasn’t quite like this in “real life”, (whatever that is!), so I used Perspective Crop in Photoshop to make it fit into the corners.  It’s a blend of the polygons in the first image and the curves in the second image.

Those camera sensor rectangles are forced upon us, so use them to make your images better!

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