Light and Sky, ANMM, Darling Harbour

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Comments (7)

Marilyn Whiteley on January 28, 2008

Fresh and beautiful!

Ian Stehbens on January 28, 2008

I just love it too, Marilyn. I didn't use the thirds formula for this, for I think this composition is better, though I can't satisfactorily explain why. Interested in your thoughts or critique on such a minor topic, though.


Craig Ward on January 29, 2008

Nice shot Ian, it's not far from thirds composition and it just works, i think it's good to move around the thirds grid and not be too ridge about thirds and intersecting points or work starts to look the same,Cheers Craig

Salvatore Clemente on January 29, 2008

Bella composizione grafica e cromatica.

Ian Stehbens on January 29, 2008

Thanks Craig. I agree. Often the thirds does help to create the impact. I suspect the success of this one has more to do with the lines: both the dominant black Underscoring and the fine curves on the roof of the pavilion.

And Salvatore, I appreciate your clear comment and approval. Beautiful.


Marilyn Whiteley on January 29, 2008

I could go into some analysis, Ian ... the parallel diagonals balanced by the curves of the roof, with a counterpoint of the curves of the shadows of the lighthouse, with enough verticals to anchor it ... But that would all be after the fact. "Rules" can sometimes be helpful, but the important thing is the eye. You saw it, and as Craig said, "it just works."

On a personal note, Ian, I hope you have come or will come to see my Gandhi photos, posted in honour of the 60th anniversary of his assassination.


Ian Stehbens on January 29, 2008

Dear Marilyn,

I will take in your Gandhi memorial set. And I value your appreciation of Gandhi too.

As for the analysis, in the end I think the dominance of the light against a plain background allows one to place it almost anywhere. As you say in this case the strong diagonal lines dictate its placement. Thanks for thinking with me. Ian

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