WORK A SCENE
Take time to get the best results from a location
FIRST IMPRESSIONS The subject here is a striking air vent in London’s Paternoster square. There’s obvious potential for a great pattern shot, but it’s not immediately obvious where the best angle is. We need to scope out the best position for shooting.
ADD SCALE A straight shot of the vent gives no idea of the scale of the subject, but city workers are frequently walking through the scene, so it’s easy to include a figure and add a strong sense of scale for some extra interest.
WALK AROUND THE LOCATION This has revealed a better angle square-on to the vent. in this shot the pattern looks much stronger, but the building behind is off-centre and spoils the symmetry we would like to capture.
Right THE FINAL SHOT The symmetry and pattern is much betterfrom the other side of the vent, and by waiting for a person to walk through the scene again, a sense of scale has also been added. not a bad effort for a fewminutes’ work