Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” is going to break the Rule of 3rds which we discussed yesterday, and in doing so, create more dramatic or tension filled photographs that reach out and grab the viewer’s attention. Today, we venture to the outer edges of our frame.
By placing your main subject at the very edge of the picture, the photograph is not what the viewer would normally expect. That unexpected view can have a more emotional impact or change the feeling of the picture depending upon the subject matter or how you place it in the frame.
Here are a bunch of photos that place the subject on the far edge of the frame. Each one has it’s own emotional impact due to the subject and/or the way it is placed in the photograph.
I caught this Storm Trooper walking in front of me and he seems so much more brooding and aggressive because you only see a portion of his mask peering into the edge of the picture.
In this shot of the Storm Trooper, he appears to be sneaking up on some unsuspecting young Jedi.
The profile of the snake coming into the edge of the photo gives this shot a very ominous feel.
You can almost feel the anger coming off of Darth Maul and even though you don't see what he is directing his glance at, the Jedi sign in the background tells you exactly why he is so ticked off.
By showing only half the bowler on the edge of the frame, it allows you to see down the bowling alley and you feel like you are right behind him watching his every move.
In this picture of the engineer of the E.P. Ripley, you only see a portion of the engineer’s face and body but his clothes, hat and glove give you a real sense of the man and what he is about.
My lovely wife Diane took this picture of me photographing the water wheel at Grizzly Rapids and by placing me in the bottom left corner of the frame, it makes me seem so small and insignificant compared to the size of the subject of the picture I am taking.
By placing Mary Poppins in the bottom corner of the frame and leaving the Castle as such a large part of the image, she complements the castle, adding to the overall atmosphere of "Fantasyland”.
If she was in the center of the photo or took up a larger percentage of the frame, then she would be the focal point of the picture and the castle would be a pretty backdrop. Both ways work well, this just shows how you can control the mood of the picture by how you place the subject in the frame.
Since we threw the Rule of 3rds out the window today, and put our subject on the very edge of the frame, tomorrow we will change it up a bit and put our subject in the dead center of the frame.
© Michael Greening 2010