Exercise: Positioning A Point

The simplest design element is the point. For a point to be classed as such it needs to be a relatively small part of the image, and to clearly contrast with the background; drawing the attention of the viewer. Where that point is positioned in the frame is important in the composition and can give a clue to the feel the photographer is trying to give.

I positioned this point, a helicopter, in the lower right corner of the frame. It could perhaps have been further towards the edge but I think that due to its size, this would have been slightly too much and image would have looked perverse. As it is, I think the feel is that the helicopter (a BBC one, filming the London Marathon)  is moving out of the frame, heading to the right and down. The colour image had a plain blue background and the helicopter was black, so changing to monochrome didn't have a great deal of extra effect on isolating it as a point.

There are some similarities to the helicopter image above, but here the crow is slightly off-centre and heading into the middle. Monochrome definitely enhances the bird as a single point as the background wasn't a plain blue sky as in the helicopter image. Losing the blue removes a distraction.

This point, the reproductive centre of this flower, is positioned in the centre of the image. This can sometimes be too static, but in this instance I think it works best. The symmetry of the flower also lends itself to the square format, which I have chosen. A shallow depth of field also helps isolate the point from the petals and background. Monochrome certainly helps isolate the dark centre from its surroundings as in the original image there were a number of colours which drew the attention elsewhere.