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18 Feb 2014

Photography Tip: Composition

Composition [Originally posted 12 January 2011. Minor edits and updates] What makes your eye move around an image? What about a photograph or a painting captures your attention? The composition of the elements in a photograph will provide both a natural focus on the subject and give your eye lines or curves to follow around the image.

03 Feb 2014

Photography Tip: Tension

Tension [Originally posted 17 December 2010. Minor edits and updates] Bringing out tension in the composition and/or cropping of an image can make or break a photograph. Tension can be brought out of action or inaction and is our emotional response to what our eyes are showing us. Tension in an image makes us ask questions: what’s around the corner; what are they looking at? It makes our imagination work to fill in the gaps in the narrative.

21 Jan 2014

Mushrooms at Exeter’s Urban Farm

Mushrooms Last week I visited the Urban Farm, a former project of Exeter Community Initiatives, in Exeter’s city centre at the invitation of the farmer, Lyndon Forster, to take some photographs of the oyster mushrooms nearing harvest. I had to wear shoe-covers to prevent my carrying in foreign spores, and a mask to filter out mushroom spores for my own safety.