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    ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY SUBJECT MATTER

    Typical subject matter to which abstract photography techniques can be applied are as follows:-

    Flowers and plants

    Objects around the house

    Buildings

    Flowing water and water droplets

    Water surface

    Sunsets on water and sand

    Waves

    Abstract opportunities are all around us. It is just a matter of developing our photographic vision in order to see them.

    COMPOSITION

    Composition consists of how the objects in an image are arranged with respect to each other. Two aspects of composition applicable to abstract photography are as follows:-

    Rule of Thirds: The rule of thirds requires that an image be divided into thirds both vertically and horizontally. The centre of interest should be located where the dividing lines cross.

    No Rules: One of the great things about abstract photography is that it is not always necessary to follow the rules.

    ART OF SUBTRACTION

    To create great abstract images, all one has to do is remove everything that does not, in some way, strengthen the viewer’s emotional reaction. This is the art of subtraction.

    One’s first reaction might be to move on to a more promising location. On closer examination of the scene it might show that it has the essentials for a good abstract image. Shape, colour, lines and curves.

    However, the scene might also have lots of distracting detail. So the objective becomes to keep shape, colour, lines and curves that can contribute to the creation of a good abstract image and remove everything else.  Once the image has had the important shapes isolated and accentuated with the colour, lines and the curves, the potential for a good abstract photograph has begun.

    THE FINISHED IMAGE

    As with all tasks, practice makes perfect. Experimentation with varying subjects, together with trial and error of different processes, will build knowledge and technique.

    It might produce a unique image to be proud of.

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