Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Finding Geometric Shapes

The first task from Picture Perfect Practice was to find geometric shapes where ever you are. The shapes to look for were:
  • Squares
  • Rectangles
  • Circles 
  • Triangles
  • Converging lines
To get the most out of the exercise it was advised to search for every shape on purpose. In other words, I was not intended to shoot rectangles before I had finished shooting squares and so on.
I must admit, I can't say that I followed this particular instruction properly, because some of the pictures that I have taken had more than one shape.

To complete this exercise I went to Rottermani Kvartal, the area of Tallinn where architecture has all kinds of shapes, and I had enough choice there.

All pictures for this and following exercises I take with Nikon D7000.
The two lenses used for this exercise - Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G, which is perfect for city photography, and Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED. The second one might be a little bit too dark at times, but zoom range is very useful though.  
  • Squares
35mm, f/9, 1/200, ISO200
This is what I meant above, when said that some pictures included more than one shape. Here we can see quite a few squares together with some rectangles.

35mm, f/16, 1/160, ISO200
This one is quite straightforward - sky through the square. 

35mm, f/4, 1/200, ISO200
This is also another case of some shapes in one shot. The square ladder in the front and rectangular or "nearly square" black pieces of rubber on the background. 
  • Rectangles

125mm, f/5, 1/100, ISO200
Here is also a mixture of squares and rectangles.

 125mm, f/16, 1/160, ISO250
Several types of rectangles on this shot - windows,white parts of reflections, dark part of reflections, and if you look really deep into the windows the reflected shapes are also rectangles.

35mm, f/2.5, 1/640, ISO200
The same situation - two rectangles and one circle in the middle.
  • Circles
 260mm, f/13, 1/125, ISO 200             260mm, f/13, 1/125, ISO200                     220mm, f/10, 1/125

It might be difficult to see, but this pattern, that I put with different backgrounds here is actually made of lots of circles that just intersect with each other. The best it is seen on the third shot with orange background.  

                                                           55mm, f/5, 1/80, ISO200
This is a shot of a streetlight taken against the sun, that helped to naturally eliminate all background. At least three circles are clearly seen there and some more implied.

 55mm, f/4.5, 1/50, ISO250
Another example of several shapes in one shot: circles of traffic lights, each of them n square and the whole traffic light forming a rectangle shape. And there are also rectangle bricks on the background.

35mm, f/7.1, 1/80, ISO250
Just liked this composition of one nameplate next to another, and there are three circles on them as well. 
  • Triangles

   78mm, f/16, 1/160, ISO250                     35mm, f/18, 1/160

The shape of this roof looks like triangle. The second shot is rather showing what the whole building looks like. The sky is also forming more or less a triangle shape there. 

 35mm, f5.6, 1/125, ISO200
Several triangles in this strange monument. Also, there are several rectangles on the background.

 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO200
The shape of this building is all about triangles. 

35mm, f/6.3, 1/500, ISO200
The roof is a clear triangle. Plus, there are different kinds of rectangles and squares in windows, and even one small circle. 

I must admit, that out of all shapes that I tried this time, triangle is the most complicated, when it comes to composition of the shot.
  • Converging lines
35mm, f/5, 1/100, ISO200
The direction of the steps and the road itself create converging lines. The aperture could be smaller for this shot, f/10-15 would be better, but I did not want to compromise ISO, and the there was not enough sunlight already to have decent ISO of 200-300 and smaller aperture.   

 35mm, f/11, 1/100, ISO200
There are both parallel and converging lines in this shot together with rectangles of the windows.

35mm, f/9, 1/320, ISO200
Both parallel and converging lines can be found on this picture, as well as some rectangles. 

55mm, f/11, 1/500, ISO200
The angle of the picture is creating converging lines on its own. Also, when looking carefully, the white lines on the building are not necessarily parallel.  

 35mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO200
Most of lines on this picture are converging, though there are some parallel as well. Some lines form clear triangles. There are also some rectangle shapes. 

All shapes can be found everywhere around us. And it might be quite difficult to isolate one shape from another on the same picture. Depending where the pictures are taken, some shapes can be found more frequently than others.

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