This month’s Compose Yourself Challenge covers two compositional rules, “Guide the Viewer” and “Flipping Photos”. Cee asks participants to submit at least 4-6 photos showing these compositional rules.
Guide the Viewer
- Brightest Spot
In these photo the viewer’s eye is drawn to the white flowers and the water tank–
In this photo there is a lot of white in the background, so I cropped it to focus more on the hill and away from the brightness of the clouds and also to bring out the “S” Curve, the focus of the next section. I also removed a distracting sign along the path.
2. “S” Curve
The classic “S” curve is a way to get the viewer’s eye to travel into the photo. You see an example above. Here are two more–
3. To Flip or Not to Flip the Horizon
This was a concept that I had never thought of. Our eyes travel in the direction that we read. In the sunset photo below the eye goes to the biggest object, the building in silhouette, and then leaves the photo. By flipping the horizon, the eye starts at the building and then travels across the photo.
And one more, shot from a helicopter in New Zealand, with flipped horizon–