Incl ude some asym­me­try

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What ’s the Big Idea?

I spoke about sym­me­try ear­lier. Asym­me­try is just the op­po­site. Vis­ually, it is more ex­cit­ing be­cause of the con­flict be­tween el­e­ments within the frame. The mind looks for or­der, but when there is this im­bal­ance it cre­ates ten­sion and there­fore, ex­cite­ment. In­for­mal bal­ance or asym­met­ri­cal bal­ance is when one or more dis­sim­i­lar el­e­ments are on each side of a given point in the frame. You can have one el­e­ment close to the front of the cam­era and one in the dis­tance. This size dif­fer­en­tial cre­ates an in­for­mal bal­ance.

What ’s the Key?

In this im­age above, there are two ob­vi­ous points of asym­me­try. One is the im­per­fect cy­press tree with the bulge, and the other is the dis­place­ment of the chapel and trees of­f­cen­tre, with the im­bal­ance of the cres­cent moon on the right side of the frame. Then there is the point of bal­ance: tonal bal­ance. If you think of dark ar­eas of the frame hav­ing more weight than lighter ar­eas, it would take more light tones than dark tones to cre­ate a bal­anced shot. Here, the weight of the dark sil­hou­ette is bal­anced by the twi­light sky.

Asym­me­try cre­ates a sort of vis­ual ten­sion, adding in­ter­est

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