This one is pretty simple and straight forward, which most compositions should be.
I keep my eye out for ying yang relationships. Characteristics that balance out, in an equal but opposite manner.
Not everything will always line up, but I think it helps to favor these relationships when you spot them, which led me to crop this photo the way I did.
In the peril of a power outage, my survival instincts kicked in and I built a fort. Next of course, I needed to take a picture of my awesome fort.
As candid as it may look, I actually put effort into capturing this scene. Used my phone for wireless control over the camera, a remote flash concealed behind the book, and a couple out of frame flashlights to fill in the environment. I took my time to craft this image.
First, I situated the pillows so their lines would lead to my face. I then pulled the curtain to counter those lines and add to the look of coziness. Next, I was conscious of keeping everything fairly monochromatic; with exception to the red and green (color compliments) at the center of interest. Though I wanted to fill out the environment and tell the story of what is going on; ultimately, I aimed to hold the viewers attention tightly — keep them visually as cozy as I was :)
Something I’ve really enjoyed about getting back into photography, is that I find it refueling my creativity. When producing artwork from your imagination, it’s not just coming out of thin air. You have to rely on your past experiences, observations, and understanding of how things work. When I take pictures, I’m looking to observe and Identify what it is that makes something appealing.
I’ll use this image of train tracks I took in the rocky mountains for my first example:
I’d bore us both just using text to explain what it is I think is working well in this shot. Instead, I made this gif, illustrating How I See Things :)
Your eye naturally wants to follow paths and anything it can visually connect as lines when looking about an image. Knowing this, I pay attention to where the lines in a scene are directing the viewer to look. I don’t want them to slide my audience right off the picture. You know that photo that doesn’t hold your attention? It’s often because the image itself is telling you not to look at it :)
In theaters this Friday, ReelFX’s second feature animated film, The Book of Life.
This movie was both very challenging and very rewarding to work on. As it turns out, mechanical rigs are quite tricky when they need to move organically :)
I stumbled across this collaborative drawing website. Sent my college buddy Jeff Bellio a link, and this was what happened:
This is what happens when you unleash our brains upon the same canvas at the same time! Neither of us has a plan, neither of us really knows what is going on.
One of us will usually start by drawing a few large shapes, then the other will start to fill in what he thinks they should be.
We have no qualms with the other drawing over top anything we started. It’s such an amalgamation, that I can hardly remember what I contributed vs. what Jeff added.