Project 2 Visual Skills

Exercise 1.2 The point

This is the most basic element of composition and for it to be classed as a point it has to fill only a small portion of the frame. The three following images evidence the difference between a point, a shape and filling the frame. A point really should be isolated against a simple background. As a result I decided to use the local bird population for this exercise,  which would give me a challenge technically, shooting points and also as birds and wildlife are interests which are close to my heart.

1.2 Part 1

The following three images lead me to believe that there is not necessarily a right or wrong placement of a point, but the placement of a point can be classed as static (if too central), eccentric if too close to the frame edges or if slightly off centre (rule of thirds may apply) the point can appear to be more dynamic. Reflecting on this series I feel image my favourite due to the implied movement in the image, even though the placement is perhaps eccentric. I feel this image sits well within the frame and its’ relationship is balanced in this instance. This maybe due to the subject in the frame.

1. Top right. The bird is flying from right to left and the empty space to the left of the frame gives this bird some space to fly in. For me this is slightly uncomfortable as the bird is placed to close to the edge of the frame. Slightly lower down the frame on the same vertical would work better.
2. Off centre. Again the bird is flying right to left as in shot 1. above, but this time it is too low in the frame to work well. If this were slightly higher in the frame this would work better for me. Somewhere between 1 and 2 would work very well for me.
3.Bottom of frame and close to the edge. I feel this image shows the bird in an unnatural and uncomfortable position. There is an element of space in front of the bird but this is not a aesthetically pleasing placement to me.

1.2 Part 2

4 points which are in relation to the frame.

1.. Although the bird is a point, maybe the background is too busy. It is in relation to the frame but the line does lead the eye, which is  why I am questioning it technically as a point. I have decided to leave this in as this evidences my thought process and I feel that potentially documenting mistakes will help discussion and improvement.
2. In relation to the frame, due to the implied triangle created to the bottom corners of the image frame.
3. In relation to the frame. This is almost in line with the top 1/3 segment of the frame.
4. Point in relation to frame. Similar to image 3 above. There is space for the bird to fly into and is again on the top third, which is easy on the eye


A point attracts attention out of proportion to its size. The smaller the point is the more you are searching to see what this is and it can lose all meaning is the point is too small. If the point is too big it will become a shape and change the connotation of the image.

The eye looks for connections between two points. Please see the following images which illustrate the difference between a single point and two points. In the image directly below your eye is drawn from one bird to the other. This creates a different dynamic to a single point.

2 points move the eye between each point ,as you try to resolve the image.
A single point draws your eye straight away.

Placing a point close to the edge seems to animate both the point and the frame as in the image below.

This points appears to create a dynamic line from the top right hand corner of the frame to the bottom left creating a sense of animation in both the frame and the point as movement can be envisaged.

Please see my Learning Log “scrap book”, which I will be using in conjunction with my studies for anything which cannot be successfully recorded on-line.


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