Stills V3

February 3, 2009

Curtains and light

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — Rex @ 23:37



  1. Christina’s cabin window shot didn’t make me think of egelston, but this does, something about that color and the bit of light poking through.

    Comment by matt — February 4, 2009 @ 13:54

  2. It’s not the most gripping of subjects but you handle it very well! A case of the rule of thirds working to maximum advantage. As Matt said: “something about that color and the bit of light poking through.”

    Comment by John Ellis — February 5, 2009 @ 11:13

  3. I like the interpaly of the fabric and light patterns. The curtain overlap breaks it up nicely.

    Comment by doonster — February 5, 2009 @ 13:33

  4. Interesting to think why I might push the curtain aside, but stand there in a gallery looking at this on the wall.

    It has holding power for me.

    Comment by Colin — February 5, 2009 @ 21:23

  5. A much better looking curtain than that in the window of my picture! Along with the light pattern across it, I like the way the fabric becomes very textural and “real” where the overlap is.

    Comment by Christina — February 5, 2009 @ 23:42

  6. The mearest slither of light between the two curtains adds tension to this ‘not most gripping of subjects’. Notwithstanding the tension it does have a rather calming effect…probably the ripples.

    Comment by akikana — February 6, 2009 @ 09:47

  7. Amused but not held.

    Re John’s comment
    I am of the school “photography is not a sport – there are no rules” (Brandt). I think the “rule of thirds” it is not a rule and it is of no use.


    Comment by Rex — February 7, 2009 @ 19:16

  8. I’m with Brandt! However, if you can give me a different set of words for ‘rule of thirds’ I will use them. Quite simply, it is not a rule but a lazy piece of terminology to explain why placement in a picture is appreciated by the eye/brain combo: it is also abused by judges, who act like planning officers afraid to allow a building to deviate from a notional set of guidelines. I suspect that RoT came about because it is close to the ‘golden section’. In Robert’s picture, one could slide the curtain join left or right and probably plump on where it is!

    Comment by John Ellis — February 8, 2009 @ 08:20

  9. I get upset because it is not a Rule and seems to get thrown in by judges when they cannot think of what else to say (I’m not accusing you of that as the judges that do it have generally displayed their lack of skills by the time they use the phrase). I don’t like it because the third seems to encompass the fifth, the quarter in fact practically everything other than the centre.

    So I think a guide along the lines, “When composing an image try sticking the subject away from the centre, this often produces a pleasing composition. If you are going to stick it in the centre, do it dramatically, an in ‘yer’ face centre composition can often achieve an powerful effect”

    Comment by Rex — February 8, 2009 @ 08:44

  10. Sounds reasonable – have you got a one-liner to summarise it?!!!

    Comment by John Ellis — February 8, 2009 @ 09:44

  11. Learn about composition, don’t learn rules?

    Comment by Rex — February 8, 2009 @ 11:03

  12. Yikes, you guys are scaring me. I did not intentionally compose this with RoT in mind and only saw it when mentioned here. There are plenty of other pictures of this curtain that just did not work, this one did.
    As I wrote in a club newsletter some time back, just because a picture conforms to someones rules will not make it good, if you are into rules you will always find one that fits your picture ( or doesn’t) and you will pin its success or failure on it.
    I left the club scene because judges in general don’t like pictures as much as they like being a judge, club presidents like being club presidents and members like Nikon vs Canon battles.
    If this picture does not work it is not because of a rule, it is because it does not please your eye or entertain your mind. I’m ok with that.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 8, 2009 @ 11:41

  13. Sorry Robert. I don’t think the debate is about what you did with your image, I think it is more that John and I are enjoying a thought provoking image and the following discussion. (Also sorry for hijacking another comment area!)

    On the way home from a fruitless attempt to photo snow drops in the snow, H&S had shut the NT gardens, I came up with, “don’t stick things in the middle until you know what you are doing”

    Club photography is just that, club photography. I photograph the way I enjoy, on odd occasions judges like what I do, mainly they don’t. We get judges that range from excellent in terms of critique and entertainment through to those who are boring and wouldn’t recognise a decent image unless they were hit with it. It is also interesting to see the differences between the various levels of judges. We are fortunate in our club to have some influential members who are able to get national judges to visit, when on form they can throw new light on your images and really make you think.

    In my club I don’t think we’ve ever had a battle about brands. I did quip at one member whose Canon had been written off by a light shower that an equivalent Oly would have been unharmed!

    Comment by Rex — February 8, 2009 @ 14:10

  14. The almost horizontal bands of light contrast nicely with all the other patterns. Pleasing geometrics nicely rendered.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 8, 2009 @ 15:53

  15. I’m OK with hijacking.

    The club I was a member of would ask you what camera you used and direct you to someone with the same brand. I was a lonely Minolta and rangefinder user.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 8, 2009 @ 22:28

  16. I think the rule of thirds works if your subject and backdrop without them would fail. Its adhearence would then leave the viewer more satisfied with the subject placement. Once you are on top of your game then I agree that the rules are in place for guidance rather than rote obediance. For this shot, if the join had been central I don’t think it would have had quite the same impact – it would have been cliched as that’s how I would expect a curtain to appear. By placing off centre you are creating a different viewpoint which the casual viewer may not be to pleased with but as it sits on one of those thirds it is nevertheless a pleasing positioning. The more I look at this shot the deeper I seem to get about the whole reason of taking a photograph. Well done!

    Comment by akikana — February 10, 2009 @ 04:47

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