I used to be surprised by the things that I saw afterwards in the photos that I'd taken myself. Probably because when taking the photo I was focusing on something, I wasn't aware of other parts in the image that were interesting as well. To a point I think there is nothing wrong with it, but especially in terms of design I find that I need to look more closely into a scene before just shooting away and hope for the best. I like the line on page 82 of the course book:
"One of the uses of design in photography is to organise a picture in such a way that another person will be encouraged to look at it in the way you want.'
I'm still in the process of discovering how I want the picture to be looked at, or even more basic, discovering how I look at pictures myself. This chapter has been a great help and has made me more and more aware of the processes that take place when looking at an image and the active part I as the photographer can play in how a scene or subject is perceived through the design.
This exercise starts with having a look at two photos with a lot of movement and decide which direction the subjects are moving. Here they come!
I looked through some of the pictures I have taken in this past week. With some I had this exercise in mind, with other pictures I discovered the line after seeing them on my computer screen.
The next photo wasn't particularly planned as it is asked for in the exercise, but I took it when I got off the ferry. The lady in the back had been sitting there, constantly looking down, as if she was trying to ignore somebody. Then the passengers got off the ferry and walked past her and I could see her curiosity taking over. You can just see her looking up at the man in the red shirt. In the meantime the people passing are focused on getting off the ramp. I really like the eye lines in this photo.
One thing I really need to work on is setting up similar lines in still life scenes. I find that so difficult! So more on that in an upcoming blog.