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2018 Schedule - January Topics 16 Dec 2017 08:18 #4356

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A photograph in which an emotion (love, joy, happiness, surprise, calmness, inquisitiveness, sorrow, fear, disgust, hate and the like) is either depicted by the subject(s) and/or it can evoke emotion(s) in the viewer of the photo. Capturing emotion(s) in photographs is about capturing moments in time that hopefully tell a story or encourage the viewer to imagine a story.
One of the key ways to create emotion in your photos is to create some sort of empathy with your subject. The empathy can show love and compassion (if your subjects look lost, miserable, or isolated). Or you can empathize with a subject in a positive way (feeling the joy they do, the happiness they do, or the positive energy they do).
When you look at your images for selection for exhibition or the photos of others look at the subjects in a photograph and ask yourself, “Can I feel the same emotions that they do?”
They can show emotions in different ways— through their body language (are they hunched over, standing upright, or leaning a certain way?) People show emotion through hand gestures (how they position their hand to their chin, to their hips, or their face). People show emotion through their eyes— if they are looking straight at the photographer, if they are looking into the distance, or looking at someone else in the frame.
Another thing that brings emotion to a scene is the light. If you capture beautiful morning light, you get a sense of serenity, of new beginnings, and adventure.
If you capture the calm of a sunset, you think of closure, a bittersweet ending, or the end of a good day.
Golden light brings feelings of positivity, hope, and love.
Cool light (neon colours late at night, or at ‘blue hour’) bring feelings of melancholy, sadness, or contemplation.
The light of a bright flash (shot head on) can make a scene feel more edgy, dynamic, or intense.
Experiment with different lighting situations. Experiment shooting in the harsh light, during golden hour, or using an external flash. Shoot through soft window lighting, or in situations where there is fluorescent or artificial lighting. See how you can get different types of light to affect the mood of a scene.
Closely tied with light, is colour. Colour will change the emotion of a scene dramatically.
Follow the Curve/s
Choose a curved line, or lines, for the eye to follow. Architecture, flora, fauna, you will find curves everywhere, limited only by your imagination. (Wagin Interclub topic).
Curves make an image easy to look at by leading the viewer’s eye through the frame. It is almost as if the photographer takes the viewer by the hand, draws them into the landscape, and points the way. The viewer’s eyes are compelled to follow the line.
Curves are graceful, rhythmic, dynamic and add energy to an image. They can separate or connect elements or simply offer a balance.
C curves, or semi-circles, are probably the easiest curves to find since almost any curve qualifies. It can be anything from the gentle curve of a seashore, lakeshore, a rounded rock, or grasses blowing in the wind.
Arches are another form of curve. S curves can have a mesmerizing effect on the viewer as their eyes sweep back and forth through the frame. They also create a sense of depth as the eye moves from foreground to background. Circles can be found in nature from ripples in a pond or puddles of water, or in many man-made objects. Often in architecture you can find compositions that combine multiple curves as well as some lines that add depth and variety to the image.
Check out this link from a British photographer shooting for "Curves" in London.
Surely, we can do it here too.
He uses an Olympus camera with grad. filters and polarisers.
Search for “e6 vlog Urban Abstracts - Shooting with a theme by Craig Roberts”
Here is the link www.youtube.com/channel/UCqRkV8eRVvxwVStV5May0rQ
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2018 Schedule - January Topics 16 Dec 2017 16:32 #4358

fabulous write up Dennis. Thanks.
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2018 Schedule - January Topics 16 Dec 2017 16:46 #4359

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Thanks, Mostly is research from the web and I have extracted what I thought would be relevant to our club and topic.
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