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Balance, a concept that, after reviewing the catalogue so far, I found much lacking in my shots: and where it was detected, it was present by serendipity, not by selection.  Looking through images taken for the exercises, I found that some had an element of compositional balance, but this was a by-product of looking for a pleasing composition, or trying to catch a contrast.

1) Vertical and Horizontal

The above image (1) appealed because of the light at the time (admittedly poorly captured here).  The strong vertical lines of the glass tower block, and the reflected light from the glass illuminating the shadows of the concrete construction of flats, was surprising.  So much light from the building cast against a building profile that until they’re construction probably never saw natural light.  On looking for “balance”, something not considered at the time, the strong block of vertical glass balances with the dark horizontal mass of concrete

2) Colour Balance

This image (2) was a deliberate effort to capture a colour  balance, the strong golden colours of the autumnal leaves, and the vivid blues of the clear skies

3) Gradation and Horizontal Banding

This landscape image (3) was taken as the bands of sun light and grey cloud mottled the landscape.  There was a deliberate intent to capture the colour gradations of brightly lit white village with dark, transitioning blues to the horizon.  Balance was not a conscious thought, although earth and sky, foreground and horizon, light to dark gradations, bright sun with contrasting storm clouds…  The boldest elements are bright sunlit village and the dark broody hills that overlook it.

4) Convergence

The strong vertical lines of the trees, symmetrical against the central vertical line are obvious elements of balance, but the same colour balance as in (2) above was in play here.

5) Structured Balance

The bold horizontal lines provide the boundaries for the dark heavy mass in the lower part of the image, versus the lighter structural elements at the top of the image.  The vertical supports of the bridge also proved a secondary element of equilibrium.

Overall, detecting the “balance” of objects in the images taken so far was more challenging than expected, balance as a compositional element is obviously something that is not considered during the taking of the image, and this exercise has clearly shown that the majority were lacking in this quarter, and where it did appear, was usually as a result of considering other compositional attributes. “Balance” (or even planned imbalance) is clearly an important constructional element inherent in a composition that “works”

Categories: Exercises
Posted by lostolmos on November 4, 2012

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