The final exercise of this project makes use of the viewfinder grid display of a digital
camera. This function projects a grid onto the viewfinder screen to help align vertical
and horizontal lines, such as the horizon or the edge of a building, with the edge of
the frame. If your camera doesn’t have a grid display, imagine a simple division of the viewfinder into 4 sections.
Take a good number of shots, composing each shot within a single section of the
viewfinder grid. Don’t bother about the rest of the frame! Use any combination of
grid section, subject and viewpoint you choose.
When you review the shots, evaluate the whole frame, not just the part you’ve
composed. Take the same approach you used to evaluate the point and line
exercises: examine the relationship of elements to the frame. Composition is part of
form and formal analysis will be a useful skill for your exercises and assignments as you progress through the course.
In many respects this proved to be the most challenging of the exercises. I tend not to use the grid screen on my camera and I think of the frame as a whole. It was an interesting learning experience to think about just one element of the frame. I kept to a single theme of ‘things in the street’ in order to bring some sense of continuity to the activity.
I was quite firm with myself in trying to frame picture element in just one part of the frame and I almost tried to ignore the rest of the frame. This did provide difficult and I took a lot of images that were immediately deleted! As some one who ordinarily shoots with a film camera , the ability to delete a shot proved very helpful in undertaking this task!!
I selected a range of images that i took that placed focal points in sections of the 3×3 frame of the camera. in mosts instances i placed the objects in the corners although I did deviate from this on occasions.
If I am honest I was really mindful of the rest of the frame when I was placing aa focal point in one part of the frame. In some ways this means i failed in the task, i found it difficult if not impossible to only think about one part of the frame.
That said, this still provide a useful activity in that it did make me think differently, if not quite achieving the focus the activity called for,
Composing a picture is a complex process, a mix of previous experience, thoughts of other images, compliance to or active breaking of compositional rules, creating a sense of balance and self satisfaction as well as trying to respond to the brief!
Certainly lots to learn still.