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    Posted: 01 January 2010 at 13:05
This assignment is about a third basic compositional method, the use of foreground interest. Even though photographs are two dimensional in nature a picture with "foreground interest" can create depth in the image and draw the viewer into it. It is easiest to use (but not limited to) shots with a wide angle lens. The point of this task is to look for a pre-defined composition with foreground interest in the environment around you. Here is a reference that describes the principle, but just googling "foreground interest" will give you many, many more.

You will shoot a picture clearly demonstrating the use of foreground interest to enhance the composition. No studio shots/no interfering with the subjects. You must not change the natural layout of the scene. Only cropping in one direction is allowed.


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Edited by pegelli - 16 January 2010 at 21:02
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Black and white conversion of our local church (there's a theme emerging here!). Converted to black and white as the morning is dull and lifeless and the colours are a little flat. The focus is the church, positioned off centre for more dynamicism, and grave stones used as foreground interest. Incidentally, I'm unable for some inexplicable reason to clone out the spots at the top right of the photo.
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"The focus is the church..."

Is that supposed to indicate that the church is in focus, as opposed to the items of foreground interest? I can't quite tell, but the house in the distant left also looks in focus, so that's what I am presuming.

If that's the case you need to look at the linked article and try again.

The viewpoint is very good, however, and if you can assure me that the gravestones are sharp when you pixel peek, then I will relent. Details of the lens and Exif data would also help.

BTW the spots look like dust bunnies. Healing brush or cloning brush should fix.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Berean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2010 at 12:27
Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

"The focus is the church..."

Is that supposed to indicate that the church is in focus, as opposed to the items of foreground interest? I can't quite tell, but the house in the distant left also looks in focus, so that's what I am presuming.

Sorry if I've confused you. When I write the focus is the church, I mean it is the point of interest in the distance. As the church and house are on a similar plane, and the f stop used will keep the gravestones and church in focus then presumably the house on the left will be in focus too?

If that's the case you need to look at the linked article and try again.

I thought I understood this, but I now feel very confused! As I understand it, foreground interest is to add strength to a shot, particularly something with depth to it that might otherwise be lacking if there was a (in this instance) large expanse proximal to it.

The viewpoint is very good, however, and if you can assure me that the gravestones are sharp when you pixel peek, then I will relent
Details of the lens and Exif data would also help.

Yes the gravestones are sharp too, having used a small f number. I didn't realise I should post Exif data too, so my apologies and I'll start to do so from now on.
BTW the spots look like dust bunnies. Healing brush or cloning brush should fix.
Thank you for your advice, but for some reason I'm not able to use that in PS at the moment, but am trying to sort it. I mentioned it so you knew that I knew about it. Thank you for your comments. Can I assume I pass this, or do I need to do something else?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brettania Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2010 at 13:07
Originally posted by Berean Berean wrote:

Can I assume I pass this, or do I need to do something else?


Could you find some more interesting gravestones? Like Winny Churchill and Karl Marx?

Oh well, it would seem churlish to say anything else but "you pass" after putting you through the hoops on this one. I think we are all on the same page now.

PS it might still help to add the Exif into the OP.

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it might still help to add the Exif into the OP.

Done prior to your post. Thank you
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Hi,
1st try for this one.

We went hiking a couple of weeks ago and I figured the hills with the frozen grass in the front would fit the foreground interest.
Does it?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2010 at 20:57
@ defi90: sorry for the late response, but somehow you ducked under my radar (my fault )

I find the total composition a bit dull and central (horizon/mountain range) and even though you have some foreground in there it isn't really enough "in our face". Probably if you would have pointed the camera lower, included more foreground and put the horizon much closer to the top of the frame you'd have gotten much closer or a pass. Hope you see what I mean, so pls. try again.
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Thanks for the description.
Is this one better or not enough grass in the front?

If it's not good enough I need to go back to the bridge and find something there...
PS: I just find some (a lot) of dirt on the CCD, sorry for it, I need to clean it, it was only visible after the trip...
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@defi90: Both your shots show that you have a grasp of the assignment, namely give the viewer a way to relate to (place themselves in) the image. Both images have elements to give the viewer context, but they lack a foreground "presence" that is a feature that we are looking for. The clump of grass on the left of the latest shot might have done the job if it had been more prominently place in the image. I hope this is helpful as you try again. BTW, you have some beautiful landscape to work with.

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Hi Brian,
Thanks for the comment!
We went hiking the last couple of weekends other wise I need to find something in town, maybe go back to the bridges, and river theme for next try. But 1st I look over the weekend photos because I tried some more of them...)

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Hi,
3rd try.

Well, I think it is a weak try. I tried to give a feel of the hole, the Land Rover the rope and what is behind it. I tried some more in different places where he got stocked.
Looking for the comment.

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@defi90: Misi, This shot certainly has a foreground presence, but it's missing a background. The foreground element is typically used to add depth to a landscape and to give the viewer a point of reference and invite them to explore the scene beyond. Please try again.

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Ok! here is a shot taken for this assignment, not sure if it is enough

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