Friday, July 17, 2009

Pier Pressure

On The Boardwalk, Without Roy Orbison

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


It's funny how slightly different compositions can emphasise different aspects of the same scene. These shots were taken about ten days ago, late on a winter afternoon here in Melbourne. I was really shooting a couple of tight frames to capture the gunmetal-grey of the metal framework as well as the (unusually grey) wooden pier slats.

But when I looked at them on the camera's LCD screen after I had taken the shots, I noticed the subtle difference in the way the water is depicted.

In the first shot, you hardly notice the gentle ripples of the river in the background. Whereas in the second, the horizontal composition (below) seems to lead the eye to the subtle reflections on the river's surface.


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13 comments:

Annie said...

Interesting, David, very interesting! I like that second shot! I can't believe I am first to comment here?

Could it be that your camera was ever so slightly focused on the water in the latter shot, and on the bridge in the first? That is what I find happens to me, especially shooting sky shots! Two completely different shots by focusing on a tree instead of the sky!!

Found a rather good skywatch..perfect photos! The link is:

http://fromthenorthfork.blogspot.com/

Hope you enjoy them too!!

TechnoBabe said...

The second shot looks wider, makes the eye adjust to the horizontal view and the water keeps rippling.

Willow said...

I really like how the eye is drawn to the water ripples in the second shot.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

It's so true, I didn't even notice the water in the first shot, but as I scrolled down, the water in the second shot caught my eye right away.... even before I read your words.

Shadow said...

you have a gifted eye

jinksy said...

Brings back childhood memories of hating the spaces between bridge slats - in case I fell down the crack. Those were the days before common sense chipped in!

cheshire wife said...

It's a matter of perspective and focus. Anyway they are fascinating photos.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Very interesting-- I didn't even notice that one was horizontal and the other verticle, I just thought maybe some ripples came through for the second shot. I would've missed it without the story!

Maggie May said...

I must admit that I like the second shot best because I like a photo that is shot looking through something else.
I like the way the ripples are detected in that one tow.

Maggie May said...

Well after studying them both again, I see that they are BOTH taken looking through the shapes yet the second one is still more appealing!

Mojo said...

I'm sure that someone a lot smarter than me can explain how the elements of each composition point you in different directions. I'm not that smart. I like both of 'em.

Splendid Little Stars said...

yes, so true! There are so many ways of looking at (and photographically framing) shapes. This fascinates me, and often I enjoy the variety of possibilities.

Ryanne said...

The water really blends in on the first shot and to my eye was much more noticeable in the second. The camera really makes one see the world in such a different viesw