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Work the edges – Results

Well done to the ten people who entered this Challenge, which tried to encourage a specific technique rather than a a specific subject matter. Hopefully it was a useful exercise in thinking about composition.

The square thumbnail images have had the edges chopped off, and you can’t see what you’re looking at until you click to see the larger version. I think this means the Challenge was a success! :)

This week Paul and I are pleased to welcome Helen and Kate Buchan, who have both entered for the first time.

Author: Jonathan

Challenge Admin, I enjoy taking photos mostly of landscapes and architecture - but I will try anything! I mostly shoot film and I spend a lot of time in my darkroom trying to get the perfect print. I'm a sysadmin for a living and I also enjoy cycling and music technology.

9 Comments

  1. My favourites this week are,Lee and Paul S.

  2. Well done everyone! There are some really interesting photos in there. Favourites of mine include:

    Kirsty and Helen. Portraiture isn’t an easy subject to apply this one to, you’ve both taken different approaches and I like what you’ve done!

    Kate scores a point from me for taking the empty space to the extreme, yet still managing to include some variation near an edge. I spent ages looking at this one!

    My absolute favourite though is Jess. I love that it’s got interest on two edges, it really leads my eye around the picture in an interesting way. Great!

  3. forgot to say – if you took part, how did you find the exercise? Fun? Interesting? Difficult?

  4. As for me, Jonathan Gazeley did a great job! Great photo!

  5. Thanks, Luke. Mine was taken yesterday afternoon on film, so I had to rush the film through my darkroom to get it ready.

    I thought the exercise was quite hard. It was difficult to find something that suited being near the edge without it seeming contrived. I kept automatically putting things in a rule-of-thirds composition and having to rearrange the image. Often it didn’t work. I was playing with some abstract shapes of two tower cranes near my office, and a bird few into the frame, so I clicked the shutter.

    My favourites this week are the entries from Lisa and Jess. Both make excellent use of empty space to contrast with the subject. Well done!

  6. Thank you Jonathan.

    I found this exercise to be quite challenging. Like Jonathan, I instinctively kept falling into r-o-t composition.

    My favorites are Paul’s and Lee’s. Love the Lego man!

  7. Thanks Paul and Jonathan! I really liked this challenge, although I found it difficult to execute the great ideas I had in my head lol. I often found subtle things in the center distracting, even things as subtle as color which is why I chose to use black and white. I took shots earlier in the week but wasn’t satisfied at all with them so I went out last minute yesterday and got lucky, found a little nook in nature full of interesting edges :)
    I agree with the comments about Kirsty and Helen’s portraits, as well as Kate’s. I like that they were very different from my own thinking about this challenge. I also like the ambiance Kirsty’s pic gives, it looks like it should be a cover for a memoir or novel.
    Oh and welcome newcomers!

  8. Hello, thank you for your welcomes.
    My favourite is Jess’s, but I don’t know why. (and of course Helen’s because the subject is my beautiful niece :-))

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