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Just thought I'd might-as-well post this… It's my explanation for a composition and rule of thirds assignment.
This photograph horsegirl1999.deviantart.com/a… was taken with my dslr Nikon D5100 about 1 month ago on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, meaning it was winter time. For this shot I used a short focal length at all as I wanted to show the silhouettes of the mountains, island and the tinted clouds above which contrast well with the reflection on the sunset on the water. Because of this the lens was at 18mm.
The dimensions of the photograph are 4564 x 2317 and the aperture was a medium to large size as the f-number was nine. I did this because I wanted to let in enough light meaning that the photograph would not come out with black and orange colours. However, because of this I had to be particular with my iso setting so that I didn’t get too much white highlights. If I remember correctly it was set on 640, give or take a little. And finally, the exposure time was 1/320, faster than I would usually have it but since it was a sunset photo with moving water I didn’t want it too slow! This was all done on manual.
My main focal point was directly on the sun but despite that, the whole photograph turned out sharp. It goes without saying that I chose to take this photo because I was instantly drawn to the astounding sunset and the art it was making in the sky. For me, this photo has many memories of the holiday I went on with my family but for others I hope I have communicated the beauty that I saw with my own eyes by creating this photo with careful composition.
The three sections (thirds) that this photograph is divided into are as follows: The first third, being the foreground, is the made up of the water and sun’s reflection. The central third is the main feature and focal point as mentioned before, meaning this third includes the sun and the immediately surrounding clouds and sky. The final third that really helps to make the image so magical are the tinted clouds and shades of blue in the sky. In addition, not only does the photograph follow the rule of thirds but it also boasts a golden spiral. Starting with the clouds at the top the edge of the spiral makes it’s way through the mountains, through the foreground and into the centre of the sunset.
After taking the photo I edited it to make it look as close to what I saw as I possibly could. I edited it using iPhoto as my free trial for Lightroom 5 expired. But iPhoto is very useful as it has all of the basic and is simple and easy to use. Using iPhoto I straightened the photograph, increased the saturation by 7% and sharpened the image as it lost some of it’s clarity when I straighten the image. I chose not to alter the temperature slide as I liked the feel the image was giving off without a change. To me, it’s almost as if the sun was saying goodbye as it hit the crisp winter air.