Exercise: Points

by Suzy Walker-Toye

Part Two of the course is all about elements of design. Points, lines, shapes etc. The first exercise on page seventy four for positioning a point within the frame was almost exactly the same as this one in part 1 Exercise: Object in different positions in the frame that I’m skipping over it to the second points exercise (p75) on positioning multiple points.

For this I used some small people to be my points on polystyrene (I was thinking of it as a winter scene)…

As you can see for two points I had to chance my DOF. They look like they are walking towards each other (but that is getting ahead or ourselves, into the exercise on p85 on implied lines). The are on a slight diagonal too which makes them seem more dynamic.

With three there is a (very flat) implied triangle but it still looks as though they are all walking along the same pathway in the snow.

with four there is a certain symmetry, I guess I cant stop my brain from seeing in patterns. They are leaning a bit which i’ve corrected in shot 5 but perhaps there was a strong wind on this snowing day?

For shot 5, the woman in yellow disturbs the pattern of them all walking along, she is slightly set back off the road waving to someone. I meant for it to be the lady in  purple but fro this vantage point it looks like she’s looking off screen at someone else which disrupts the balance of the photo somewhat.

The balance is restored with the addition of a 6th figure (with whom the woman seems to be waving). They are all still vaguely aligned with the snowy pathway from my imagination though.

I was having a think on how I would align them differently and this is an alternative arrangement of figures that I liked. Clearly a group os couples meeting up, the group as a whole makes a sort of diagonal line across the frame, with waving figures at each end reinforcing the group shape with implied eye lines.

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4 Responses to “Exercise: Points”

  1. Clever way of doing it – made me smile.

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