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2. The Frame - Project 13 (I), The Golden Section

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The "golden section" (the ratio within a frame between the small part and the large part being the same as that between larger part and the entire frame) has been used by builders and artists for centuries.
It seems to appeal to most people's sense of balance and harmony.
The simplest way of gauging the golden section is to use the "rule of thirds", whereby a frame is divided up into three sections, horizontally as well as vertically. Placing important elements of the image along these lines (horizons, for example) and/or at intersections with them (focal points, faces, etc.) will result in a more "pleasing" whole.
These six images, from my archive, all have this composition within them, or are very close to, making them stand out as "harmonious" or "pleasing to the eye".

The single yellow tulip, lost in a sea of red ones, is situated exactly at the intersection of two of these lines.

Sat in the middle of a field of tulips, Anja's face is also precisely at one of these intersections.

The horizon in the frosted winter picture runs right along a line-of-thirds and the position of the photographer corresponds, very nearly, with one of the verticals.
9th May 2009, 12:37   | tags:,,

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