Lines direct our attention, enhance and frame a subject, and are
such an integral part of a composition that we often don't
consciously notice their effects. DigiCamSIG'rs outdid themselves on
this assignment; one of the best in returns to date!
Lines In Composition
- August 2004 Assignment
Lines In Composition
- more photos, Sept 2004
CAUG Digicam SIG
August 17, 2004 meeting
The Digital Camera Special Interest Group (SIG) met at Parkdale
Library on August 17, well-attended with digital camera enthusiasts.
We have lightly structured assignments each month to enhance our
proficiency in digital photography. The August assignment was Lines
Chuck Guion photos included a famed suspension bridge, clumped
branches of a live oak tree, linear bark of a tree, siding on sheds,
chain-link fence, palm fronds, line of posts. Another standout were
classic views of a large Victorian mansion.
Ben Luna showed stunning stitched photos, panoramic views of
People's T-head, American Bank Building (vertically stitched),
Harbor Bridge and Bob Hall Pier. He shot these with a medium
telephoto lens. Other submissions included a small gecko on a frond
of similar color and a multi-hued Nautilus shell on a black
John Hoffman featured lines in beautiful plant leaves, a colorful
restaurant sign against power lines, and a line of equestrians on a
beach with scraped lines still showing. He caught a bright kite with
long streamer tails, tug and barge with jetty rock for Packery
Channel, early morning shot of grass fire on the dunes and a
gorgeous sunset over the ship channel at Port Aransas.
Bill Draper used a magazine clipping photo by eminent photographer
Henri Cartier-Bresson, to illustrate lines in photo composition. He
showed three pelicans in a line; a humming bird on an upward curving
branch; a church scene showing altar and organ pipes; a tiny red
sparrow against weathered lines in the roadway; a boat launch area
as an artist's canvas; and an unusual Padre Island sunset.
Patty Beasley's photos gave us an inspired potpourri; plants
including colorful Passion Flower; a tall building with anodized
metals reflecting light; home with a "lighthouse"; Dolphin deco art
cast against the lines of a skyscraper; long aisle of shrimp
breeding tanks; an old fishing pier. She went beneath the Causeway,
caught the piers reflecting in the water, and the structural
elements in angular and linear arrays. She concluded with a photo of
a small pier, complete with an enormous pelican.
Bruce Switalla: Look to him for unusual perspectives as he showed us
in rows of folding chairs. Linear shadows from the slats of a park
bench against a brick walkway, provided an attractive effect. Then
there was a milepost sign against a blue sky, a colorful bike rack,
and the beautiful linear and radial lines of tiger lilies.
Drew and Brian Jacobs: Their unusual offerings included a weathered
a marina scene, Wildseed Farm barn (showing slatted roof, trusses
and beam,) shaded roadway, and cypress-lined waterway. A hillside
stairway of cross-ties, courtyard scenes and the structure of an
overpass attracted interest. They concluded with photos of
glass-blowing artistry, linear, radial, curved, all beautiful.
Ken Parsons created an SVCD multimedia presentation with his images.
The show included artfully designed images with overlays of the
predominate lines in each photo.
In memory of member Joe Files who passed away suddenly on July 30th,
Patty Beasley and Chuck Guion presented a slide show of photos
celebrating Joe's life and love of photography, among his many, many
other interests and activities.
In September, traveling Joan Stephens returned home and brought in
her photos. She showed a variety of pictures including Venetian
fencing, mailboxes, and docks - all with lots and lots of lines.
Patty Beasley gave an outstanding How To on Architectural Photos,
our next assignment. Tips and tricks to follow below. GO GET 'EM -
digital architectural photos.
For the scribe,
Assignment for September 2004:
The August lines assignment is a natural segue into this month's
assignment of Architecture. Some quick tips to get you started:
walk completely around your subject, if possible. Examine it from
all angles, including height. Get below it if you can (stairway,
underground level) or get above it. Get level with it from another
similarly sized vantage point.
Get as close to
your subject as you can.
(mindful of traffic and other hazards, of course!) to fill your lens
with the subject until you get it where you want it. Use this
technique rather than zooming whenever possible.
Use a tripod,
sand or bean bags, or some other form of bracing or support for your
camera where appropriate.
information, check out Patty's DigiCamSIG presentation on
helpful links on the web: