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I am watching an online photography class on composition. The first lesson was framing. They suggested going out and only taking pictures with framing as the main composition element. I was at a park on Lake Erie about 30 minutes from my house. I was taking pictures of this empty swing, framing the lake in the background. Suddenly, these four kids jump on the swing. I am usually never in the right place at the right time, but luckily, this was an exception. The problem I should have recognized was the location of the horizon line. If I was paying closer attention at the time, I could have changed my angle. The photograph was edited in Lightroom and Topaz AI. I made the sky, and the metal swing posts darker. Pentax K-1, 105mm, 1/125 sec, f16. ISO 140.

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10 comments posted

Gordon Watson   Gordon Watson
Sometimes you just get lucky (but as Gary Player said - the more you practice, the luckier you get). Great capture with the four kids in the image, which perfectly fits the theme of framing. You have noticed that the head of the lad in red breaks the horizon slightly - if that bothers you, you could select him in Photoshop and slightly 'squeeze' him down and clone the horizon over his head - it can be done, but it doesn't change the essential story of the image.   Posted: 09/15/2023 05:53:54
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments Gordon. I will try to adjust it in Photoshop as you suggested.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:38:21

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Great image. I like the feeling it invokes, with the lad in blue pointing to the horizon. Love the colors, particularly the sneakers on the right. I'm not bothered by the horizon at all. Nice PP.   Posted: 09/21/2023 16:21:50
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments Sanford.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:38:48

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
It's good Jay, that you are watching things on line with a view of improving skills. I congratulate you on that and really should allocate some time myself to do exactly the same. You imply that you wanted to shoot some images revolving around framing and you have definitely succeeded with this one. Your concerns about the head and the horizon does highlight one of the many "rules" in photography, but so what? Kids on swings go up and down. If the horizon doesn't go through their heads, it will go through their shoulders, or their backs. Would you then not take the photo? You've done well here and I look forward to seeing what your next image will be all about.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:13:39
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks Ian for your comments.   Posted: 09/24/2023 07:40:06

Henriette Brasseur   Henriette Brasseur
What a fantastic capture. This image, for me conjured up a lot of memories of one's youth and our neighborhood friends when we were young....possibly memories of our mischievous self that were never revealed to our parents! For me, this is a very powerful image and says so much about friendships. This picture goes far beyond a simple framing composition. From the billowy clouds, the boy in the light blue shirt pointing, the metal framing and the colors of the green grass and blue water/sky keep the viewer engaged in not only the image before them but reliving their own youthful memories . I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with lesson 2 in composition. Wonderful image, Jay.   Posted: 09/26/2023 12:58:10
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your comments and observations.   Posted: 09/28/2023 09:36:09

Sophie Pouillon   Sophie Pouillon
Framing: the ranges you have to do all the time to learn them and then forget them to make your own photos. Here there's an emotion, four boys looking at the horizon. There's even a hand pointing to the horizon. It doesn't matter if the rule of thirds isn't respected, the swing should have been taken as a whole anyway, or you should have had time to move away to look for a better angle. You can't think of everything all the time. You've done a good job, and what's more, the boys have their eyes plunged to the horizon, so maybe they didn't even notice you.
That's all very well. Bravo   Posted: 09/27/2023 04:21:59
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thank you for your comments Sophie.   Posted: 09/28/2023 09:36:50