AOP part 26: The Triangle: Difficulty of Framing

triangle parallel lines hip framing Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

One room has this wonderful stepped triangle where two chimneys meet. It is a very strong compositional device.

However, it was a little difficult to shoot. The distance from camera to subject was around 15 feet, the width of the room, so this means shooting at a wider angle (32mm focal length).

Anything longer than that means losing the top of the triangle and that really breaks its compositional affect.

Notice how the pose now supports the framing, this is quite deliberate. I've asked Maja to bring the feet apart and really kick out the hip.

This means the lines of the legs are parallel to the lower part of the triangle. Then the line from hip to shoulder also runs parallel to the triangular lines. Combined with horizontal arms and vertical centre we get a nice mix of supporting and dynamic elements.

You can see how that works demonstrated below

triangle parallel lines hip framing Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

 
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