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Personal Limitations

As mentioned in the previous section, I am only a recreational class photographer. Someday, I hope to make amateur class. As a hobbiest, I perform shoot architecture, landscapes, and some people photos. I don't possess the equipment or talent for portrait or macro photography. At least not yet.

I do like taking night time shots, and I find it challenging. In darkness, I experiment with aperture, f-stop, and lighting techniques. Sometimes I will cheat a little and use my digital camera's bracketing function.

The photos are basically point and shoot. My framing and thus composition is not textbook. So, usually I have a lot of darkroom work to do. Now that we are clear on my limitations, onwards with the photos!


This subject can encompass contrast, geometry, proportions, color harmony, or one or more of these subjects.

The easiest way to think of contrast is stark black and white. Photo 1 displays an even proportion of light and darkness. A young woman is walking away from the camera in Karlsplatz, Wien Oesterreich. In the movement section, there is a discussion on diagonals that lend Phoro 1 its sense of movement.

Field of focus can also heighten a sense of contrast. Like the previous photo, a diagonal splits the picture in half. Where there is movement, a focal point is chosen to maintain viewer attention. In Photo 2's self-portrait, the aperture (f-stop) was set down to 2.8 nd the shutter speed was increased to keep the focus on my face. The very busy background is made up of Karluv Most (Charles Bridge) and the Vltava River. Here, I am standing inside the visitor gallery of Praha's Old Town Tower.

Photo 3 is off-center and not one of my best. However, it serves to illustrate how geometry, contrast, and proportion are used to create a sense of balance. Carpet patterns, the shape of the room, moving walkways, and lighting give us two focal points. The primary focal point is on the man standing in the front. He is backlit, stationary and stands out from the background. People are moving all around him, and he stands still. The second focal point is in the center of the photo. A mother and child are moving and their environment is relatively stationary.

Photo 4 is a play on perspective. My friend Leslie is far away from the statue. An angle is used to create an illusion. It appears as though the statue is touching her. In this case, we are playing with proportion to force the focus onto the touch

We can also apply the Rule of Thirds to frame the photo. Photo 5 overlays a tic-tac-toe board onto the original photo. We can see that the center of the photo is on the motion, and thus it becomes the point of focus, even though Leslie is in the background.

Photo 6 uses a diagonal and field of focus. The foreground is lit using a fill-flash and is stationary. The background is blurred with motion and naturally lit. The emphasis is split in half, like the picture, and focal points are on both foreground and background motion.

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