Week 4 and 5 Images

Week 4 Images

The final call for the week 4 images on Minimalism is tonight (Sunday April 26th 11.59 pm)

More details on what and how to submit and find the many inspiring images from our first three themes here

Week 5 theme is…

Composition A

Take and submit up to three images that clearly demonstrate one or more specific, recognised compositional technique(s). After some thorough and exhaustive research (AKA 3 minutes in Google) I have found over 20 techniques. I’m beginning to believe every picture can be classified in one or more “recognised compositional techniques”.

So, to narrow the choice, I have called this “Composition 1” and it will concentrate on just 2 different techniques: the Rule of Thirds and/or Framing. We may run a “Composition B” or “Composition C” theme on some future weeks which will concentrate on different compositional techniques.

An image must meet one or both of the two techniques. Enter up to three images, they can be a mix or all the same technique. Include the word THIRDS or FRAME somewhere in your title, eg “Daisy THIRDS” or “FRAME Garden Through a Window”

As always, in normal photography, consider these “rules” as optional guidelines. They have been used successfully by painters for centuries but breaking a rule can often lead to more creative images. But for this week’s theme, the object is to demonstrate the rule.

Thirds – where the subject is placed close to one of the 4 intersections of an imaginary noughts and crosses grid (the grid is not included in the image, it is only imagined as a guide as to where to place the main subject and focus)


I will often keep the Rule of Thirds in the back of my mind when I am taking an image as it is simple and quick to do. I may go onto crop it differently in post. The second example above, with a narrower central section, is based upon the PHI grid which often I find gives me a more pleasing composition than the standard grid on the left above. The PHI is technically the Golden Ratio of 1:1.618:1 which leads onto the Golden (or Fibonacci) Spiral. For this week’s theme just stick to either the standard or PHI grid placement but do Google these techniques if you wish to explore them further.

Framing – when finding an interesting subject to photograph we tend to explore it from many different viewpoints to see how we can present the subject in a more interesting, or unique, way. Finding a frame to contain the subject, be it a door, window, fence hole, branches, etc is always worth a try. The frame adds a natural border, contains the subject and may even add some environmental aspect to the image. Here are some of my examples of frames…

Your pictures must be taken during the week beginning Monday, April 27th and the closing date is Sunday, 3rd May 11.59 pm. Submit to the usual PhotoEntry > Stuck At Home event.

More details on how to submit here bedfordcameraclub.co.uk/stuck-at-home-weekly-image

Optional extras…

Your Comments

To add additional and interesting information about your image, e.g. how you took or processed it, please feel free to add it to the COMMENTS metadata field or send it to me in a separate email. These will be seen with your image in the online album.


To request a personal critique, from one of the club’s best photographers, of one or more of your images, please email critiques@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk with the TITLE(S) of your image. The critique may be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting to help us all unless you state in your email PRIVATE.


The images in the online album are now being added in the same order that you have sequenced them in PhotoEntry, i.e. image 1 of 3 will be the first image of your three in the album, image 2 will be second etc. Thus if you have a sequential “panel” of images they will appear consecutively. However, they may get split over two rows; if this is an issue let me know by email, in advance, and, if you are lucky, I will remember to isolate them into one row.

Ian Whiting, dev@colink.co.uk