Posts tagged “#eye-catching photos”

The color red

December 9, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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I took Photo 1 to 6 in Central Hong Kong. The little girl in red (Photos 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6) had just finished her day at school. I stood there watching her papa pick her up and walk down the stairs. I kept shooting them and found it very touching when her papa carried her on his shoulder. The color red here plays a key role in enriching the photos, while the added interest stems from the green leaves hiding in the shade.

The red flowers in Photo 2 are eye-catching, thanks to the strong sunlight. As I have mentioned a few times, the color green is crucial for complementing the red flowers, thus enriching the photo.

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Photos 7 and 8 were shot in Beijing. In Photo 7 (also with the “red” theme) is the entrance of a shop in a “hutong,” a word with a Mongolian origin, “hottog,” meaning water well. Hutong is in fact an ancient city alley or lane, prevalent in Beijing. Why is the word hutong used to mean alley? Because where there was a well (in older times), there were residents. This place hutong was redeveloped into a tourist site, full of shops and restaurants, while some houses within are still occupied by residents. You can take a glimpse of these houses in Photo 8.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L USM 1 1 1 1
Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L USM 1 1 1 1

Combined use of photography concepts

October 14, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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It doesn’t matter whether you are shooting landscape or portrait photos (in terms of orientation), you can apply the Rules of Third and the concept of vanishing point, like I did in Photo 1. Draw those imaginary lines in this photo separating it into nine parts, and you can see that I placed the vanishing point at the upper two-thirds section of the photo, making the photo more interesting. Of course, shooting it with a 17-40mm lens made the perspective of this photo strong in itself. But you can always add interest by putting more thought into the composition.

Placement of human subjects

You have seen many photos without a human subject. Here is one that included a living subject. He is placed in the center of the photo. But that is not why he grabs your attention. You can see the vanishing point at the end of this pedestrian road. And this man is placed along the lines that led to the vanishing point. That makes him more prominent than anything else in the photo.

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Sometimes we cannot see the vanishing point in a photo but the strong perspective is still there. Photo 3 is an example of that. It is the lines of this house that create the tension or perspective of the photo. But without the red mailbox the photo would be less eye-catching. You can tell why the red mailbox is so important, because anything placed at this point, the two-thirds section of a photo, would be as prominent. If the mailbox was replaced by a person/model, he/she would be the focus of attention. In that case, you could ask your model to look in different directions, and see how his/her line of sight affects the look and feel of the photo.

Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1