Exercise 1.2: Point

The Brief

A point is the smallest graphical element, if you join many points together you make a line. In mathematics, a point doesn’t have any weight at all, it indicates a place. So compositionally, a point has to be small within the frame and its position is generally more important than its form.

Take three or four photographs in which a single point is placed in different parts of the frame. When composing the shots use these three rules: the place of the point shouldn’t be too obvious (such as right in the middle), the composition should hold a tension and be balanced (the golden section or rule of thirds) and the point should be easy to see. Evaluate the shots according to these rules and select which one you think works best.

  Then take a few more shots without any rules, just being aware of the relationship of the point to the frame. Without the rules, how can you evaluate the shots? That will be a key question throughout the whole degree programme.

Add the photographs to your learning log together with brief observations.

Response

This was an intriguing exercise and there were a number of attempts at composing a set of images that I would be happy with. When framing any shot it is often looking to exclude points that interfere with the result I’m trying to capture. So the notion of framing something that should not be there was hard. Not surprising that such a battle should be contained within a simple metaphor of a game of chess (albeit not deliberate).

The first an third frames within this set work well creating the tension, a sense of not belonging, an invasion of the context of the frame itself have to be my favourites. The first fame I favour more not least because of the light interacts with the image as a whole, but the eye is drawn instantly to the placement of the lollipop. I believe the placement within the first three fames make good use of the point as form of invasive reference as opposed to the last three where the point acts a form of encroachment.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 2 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s
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