WORK A SCENE

Take time to get the best re­sults from a lo­ca­tion

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

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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.

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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.

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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

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