Saturday, 26 March 2016

Boys, triangles, a tiger, bunnies and an escaped dragon!

The Easter London Street Photography Meetup involved us running around the South Bank hunting not eggs, but compositional elements. We had five to capture: symmetry, rule of thirds, frame within a frame, leading lines and triangles.

Laaaaaaraaaaaaa and I were lurking next to a staircase hoping someone would materialise, but to no avail. We were pondering whether for these challenges we should hire a small child. Of course one of us could bring their own little boy to Meetups. But as he isn't born yet I guess it'll be a whole before he can run into our shot.

I shift to a gap under the stairs to see if I can get a nice frame of people walking past. But to my amazement a small child runs at me at the perfect moment. After wishing for such an occurrence, I'm so surprised I nearly drop my camera. Luckily, I don't and as ever I'm grateful I have my camera safety slung around me.

The last challenge is the tricky (and much feared) concept of three main points of focus in the photo that link and fill the frame. Perhaps three people (or groups of people) at different heights, or three trees framing the scene. If only it was finding a big triangular shape (which is another useful composition technique), think giant Toblerone or pyramid. Sadly we were going for the more oblique version (mathematics pun there!) My photos sometimes follow the rules, many break the rule.

But we had a plenty of fun hunting, plus there was chocolate, rather a lot of bunnies, a possible tiger and an escaped dragon!


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