(Cover photo by Assignment 14 Community’s Choice, Michele Berlingeri)
This has got to be one of the assignments that got the most number of beautiful pictures so far! The number of interpretations given to our theme is very diverse. Let’s start our analysis with our Community’s Choice:
This is the community’s choice and with good reason. It has the elements of a classic street photograph. It’s a simple as that! The lines, the layers, and how everything interacts together in an urban space makes it stand out. Of course it ties perfectly well with our assignment because of the repetition of elements and at the same time the eyes just flow in the entire image. Everything is placed well, lit properly, and organized perfectly. A good selection from the community.
The distinct thing about Rhythm is how it gives the image movement and flow. You can easily see the direction and the destination where everyone is going. The added beauty is the fact that this gives the photograph depth. It doesn’t look flat and compressed but you can see that the image exists on a three dimensional plane.
Here’s another example of architecture giving rhythm to an image. The windows of this apartment complex is an interesting visual because each window has little nuance that make it interesting to look one by one. That in itself will make your eye move in the entire image but of course, a photo wouldn’t work without a subject or what I like to call the point of interest. For this case, it is the distinctly sunburned/orange man peeking outside! I would imagine this is one of those photographs that would look well blown up huge just to show off the details.
Notice how your eye will directly cut across the frame in a smooth manner? It’s because of the curve walkway but what gives that curved walkway some rhythm is because of the shadows the harsh light has casted on it. Of course the man walking in the shadow is the “Cherry on Top” as Eric would like to call it.
I’m not sure where I would categorize this photo by Sam. Is it a liberal interpretation of our assignment because of the motion of the girl turning her head or is it a literal one because because it actually showed music notes! Rhythm first and foremost is often attributed to music anyway. Either way, this photo by Sam is very witty. Also, the flag of the note acts as if it was her cape. A witty juxtaposition if you ever see one.
Another assignment and another “punny” interpretation by Harry. To be honest it has come to a point wherein I look forward as to how Harry will interpret the assignment. Looking at his photo, everything is linked together. The key board and the pedestrian crossing, the red dress and the red box, the man in black, and the woman in red, and other things. So many things working together and it is just amazing.
This is another excellent example of Rhythm by Shaun and a great example of keeping only the essential in the frame. The composition is kept tight and compact. The bars the kid is sitting on is a great way to make sure the eye has rail to travel on. It’s a simple moment done in a simple manner. It goes to show that you really don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make good pictures.
I mean look at this! Birds in flight on a photo has become cliche already but to get over cliches, try to make them your own and put something that is interesting. The man walking against the tide of birds on the opposite direction gives the photo movement. It’s as if God has given him this scene to capture. What a great spot my Pete and great skill in capturing it.
Get wide and get closer. Usually tilting the horizon lines makes your photo look like the subjects will suddenly slide to one side. It is hard to make it interesting but when you have something dynamic like what Daniel is doing here. You can make it work. You know the anticipation and direction of what will happen next in the frame which is an excellent example of movement.
What I like about this photo by Glenn is the fact that this is an example of a photo that works well in black and white. The uniform of the female cops and their arrangement all made them look similar but what stood out is the man in the foreground (the point of interest, if you will) He stood out in a see of repetitive faces. I’d also like to point out how nice their gloves look glowing in that sea of black.
The thing that is true about rhythm in photography and in music is that it gives so much life. When there is movement, there is direction, depth, and a unique characteristic that will make you smile because we all enjoy life and living is fun! By having rhythm in our photographs, we give it that extra flavor of making it seem that it is more than just a two dimensional object. That is why the Editor’s choice for this assignment is a great example of all of those.
Congratulations to Michele Berlingeri
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This one was a really great assignment to moderate because the level of photography is just great! Thank you very much for making our lives hard but enjoyable! Imagine that, our community’s choice is the same as our editor’s choice! That’s how good the photo of Michele is and I am happy that I laid my eyes on it.
I wonder what Michele will have in store for us for the next assignment but for now, I hope you keep moving, shooting, and editing! Always be on point with the rhythm of life.
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In behalf of your moderator, Fabricio Santos, we would like to thank you for participating in this’s assignment and hope you will join again in the next one!
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