Usually, I make sure that my subjects are off-center in the image but this image is an example of “knowing the rules and breaking them”.
My composition works because the two persons in the center are sharp and there is some balancing “weight” in both sides of the worn, blurry glass.
Shot in Aarhus Ø, Denmark.
OLYMPUS OM-D E‑M10 Mark II, 14-42mm II R, 1/125, f/11 @ISO200
This composition is very different to most of the other images, I create. I call it the Snail House Geometry.
The human eye is first attracted to the contrast between the sharp light inside the ring and the dark colour of the ring. From there, the eye is lead to the main motif, being the two persons inside the shape of the ring. Furthermore, the ring has a prominent size and wraps the persons, leading focus to them.
Even though the ring takes up a great part of the image, it’s unsharp. Beacause the human eye by nature searches for something sharp to focus on, attention is automatically brought the sharp persons. The sky inside the ring is lighter than the persons but since it’s undefinable and not focusable, it’s merely a contrast to the dark persons og thereby helps to define the contours.
Contradictions in an image is always good: here we have black and white. The contrast is very sharp.
The image was taken on the beach of Nr. Vorupør, Thy, a part of the coast called “Cold Hawaii” by the surfers.
A very minimalistic scene with white surfaces and a contrasty subject (the bicyclist).
At first, the human catches the brightest point, being the stairs and the right surface towards the driving lane. Those points take up quite a bit of the entire image, which makes them a significant part of the motif, but because all leading lines lead towards the bicyclist, he gets to be the main motif.
Contradictions in an image is always good: here we have white and black. The contrast is very sharp.
The shutterspeed was 1/20 sec., which makes the bycyiclist blurry. It gives the viewer a perception of speed and also a bit of mystery, since his body, face and the contour of the bicycle itself isn’t clear.
The scene was shot in Aarhus, Denmark.
A very minimalistic scene: a dark grey wall, a white sign and a person in black/orange clothing. The human eye is first attracted by the brightest spot beeing the sign but then realizes that a person in the opposite part of the image is about to leave the scene.
Contradictions in an image is always good: the sign is perfectly sharp but the person is motion blurred due to the low shutterspeed of 1/20th sec.. The person is looking at something to his right but we can’t see what it is. Maybe something on the tracks?
A great scene from a metro station in Hamburg: a young couple walking down the stairs, wrapped in the natural light from above.
The human eye always search for the brightest spot, in this particular image detecting the young couple. The escalators form the leading lines, which again lead to the young couple. The center line of the stairs also leads to the young people. There’s no way you can avoid looking at the subjects. This is what I mean when I say: “Bring your subject(s) in focus!”
Unfortunately only a few people think of this when clicking the button. Just take a look at Instagram.
On the other hand, that’s what provides jobs for us professionals 😉
OLYMPUS OM-D E‑M10 Mark II, 14-42mm II R, 1/125 f/3.5 @ISO800