In a recent post we talked about square photographs, and I mentioned I’d be exploring them more in the coming days and weeks.
Which I have been.
Something that’s I’m finding interesting with squares, is trying to find compositions that aren’t the obvious ones.
With 1:1, often I’m drawn to shapes and compositions that naturally fit. Such as squares and circles, or collection of objects together in a square or circular arrangement.
For the following photograph, my first attempt was rotated 45 degrees, so the outer edges of all of the books almost perfectly aligned with the edges of the frame.
But that didn’t seem to make for a very interesting or dynamic image.
So I shifted the composition through different angles until it did appear more interesting (at least to me), and also severed parts of the books, instead of including them whole.
In the next shot, again trying to line up edges proved unsatisfying, so I got lower, closer, and at a more exaggerated angle.
Again, I feel it makes the photograph more appealing.
It also made the reflected (and curved) pencils in the vase on the right far more prevalent in the image overall, where this would be lost shot further away and more straight ahead, or directly from above.
A final square shot for now, and again a similar trick – getting close and shifting the angles to get away from obvious vertical and horizontal lines.
Incidentally, all three images were made with Ricoh GRD III with an in-camera cross processing set up. You can read more on this in my recent post on my colour quest.
How about you? How do you shoot differently with square photos? What sort of compositions and subjects does it encourage you to look for and capture?
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