This exercise required four photos with the frame fitting the subject.
I decided to try the exercise out at the local zoo and chose a, relatively, stationary subject – a vulture. Although it was tethered and could not move out of the frame it did move on its perch and its feathers were ruffled by a slight breeze, so I chose a fast shutter speed, this also meant that a wider aperture was usedand would throw the background out of focus when using the longer setting on the zoom lens.
The photos I took are, from left to right,
- First photo, taken normally
- Second photo with the subject filling the frame
- Third photo; close up with only part of the subject in the frame
- Final photo; subject occupying a small part of the frame
There is a considerable difference in the proportions of the photos, with the second and third photos giving a much closer sense of intimacy. However the first and fourth do give a much clearer indication of the setting.
The second part of the exercise was to experiment with cropping the original images. In the same order as above these are the results.
I think that the cropped versions work better as photographs, although they do mainly seem to involve making the subject fit the frame.
What have I learned from this exercise? I think that previously I would have just considered a single way to frame a photo, a bit like the first photo taken for the exercise. This has made me think more about how to frame an image, and the different possibilities for that.