While I was looking through the photos on my iPhone for an assignment for another class, I found an image that I knew I could crop and adjust to fit all the criteria for this assignment. I’ve posted the original photo at the end of this post as reference. This photo was taken on my spring break trip last semester to Oceanside, California. The local pier was very photogenic and provided some awesome sunset views.
When composing the frame, I used the rule of thirds to set the horizon and focal point. Typically the sky would only fill a third of the frame, but because I really wanted the setting sun to be the focal point (located at the lower left intersection of the rule of thirds grid) so the horizon is set at the lower third, leaving the beautiful colors of the sunset to fill the negative space in the upper two-thirds.
With the diagonal rule, I had two choices: either set the pier at a diagonal or the beach. Because I wanted the pier and the horizon to be level, I decided to make the beach at an angle. Dynamically, this gives the image a sense of depth and distance, showing that the beach continues beyond the frame.
There is one major vector in this photo, and that’s the pier. I experimented with different crops, some that didn’t show an end to the pier, but in the end, I really wanted the frame to suggest the motion out to sea. This vector provides a strong focal point right above the horizon line and leads the eye out to sea, towards the setting sun. In some senses its a graphic vector because of the architectural details, but in a way its a motion vector because of the way it guides your eye from right to left.
|Original Image before cropping and framing adjustments