Continuing with our "Back to Basics" theme, our compositional challenge this week is "Balance". Check out these:
Visual Balance - Means Taking Another Look
Balance - Symmetrical and Asymmetrical
Just back from a week away, I didn't have time to take a shot for this assignment, so I took a look through my archives. I was amazed to see how few shots I had taken with this specifically in mind. Assuming this one doesn't count,
I'll have to go with this and think more about the use of Balance in the future. I think the two smaller dials in color help balance the larger white dial on the left without being symmetrical.
As always, the rules...Please note the change in closing time.
1. Your image you submit should be taken between the 11th and the 25th of February. Each week as an assignment closes on the Wednesday, it will be AUTOMATICALLY deemed *CLOSED* after 8am GMT ( 3am EST) and any posts after that time will not be eligible for the assignment competition.
2. Your post must include "Assignment: Balance" (to show your permission to count it for the contest) and the date the picture was taken (to show that it is a valid entry).
3. EXIF data should be intact. It helps if you can include the main points (including camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed and aperture) in the text of your message.
4. Only one entry per member (if you can't restrain yourself until the end of the first week you can post two or three separate pictures but your entry should be in a separate post and the only marked with the text above).
5. Remember the cross-site image size limit (800px on the longest side).
6. If the image does not exist in post at the end of the contest, it is disqualified. If you modify anything on flickr and re-save the image then the link is broken and the message needs edited to link the picture again before it will be included in the contest.
For everyone, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).
7. If you are looking for the winners of the mini-contest, please check the front page of the DPS blog Saturday late afternoon (EST) or here.
Next week, more composition. This time it's "Rhythm". We are aware of rhythmic patterns in music and they exist visually as well. It can be pleasing and soothing or somewhat erratic, but it keeps our eye moving in a repeating pattern. Fence posts, ripples in water, as well as shapes that echo each other such as circular patterns of different objects, are all examples of rhythm in composition. These elements should compliment each other, creating a flow that is pleasing to the eye.