For this exercise we are asked to use the viewfinder grid of our camera and take a number of shots composing only for each section, then evaluate the image as a whole. The first problem I faced in this exercise is that my viewfinder looks like this:
Since trying to compose an image for the given sections on this grid seemed not right to me, I decided to disable the option on camera and try to imagine the viewfinder separated in four sections.
I started shooting four different images, one for each section:
Composition 1: I was composing for the top right section of the viewfinder. The door on the image was closed and it was just a matter of luck that the girl opened it when I took the shot. I generally like the composition, although without the detail of the door it would have been very plain and most of the space in the frame would have been wasted.
Composition 2: I was looking to compose here for the top left of the image when the girls from Costa (I believe) appeared taking out the rubbish so I moved instinctively to catch at least one of them on that spot. Again, as the second girl enters the frame from the right, it gives the image some balance. Otherwise, there would again be a problem with so much empty space and also a person leaving the frame with no story behind.
Composition 3: I was composing for the bottom left section here. It turned out terrible wrong as the focus is on the people on the background and not on the planter, as I intended. Other than that, the frame seems ok to me, with enough elements (lines, perspective) and there is a little story going on there with the people (turists, peharps?) looking at the castle.
Composition 4: I was composing for the top left section again, focusing on the row of chairs, as I was looking for some element which would not look static on the composition. I composed for this section again as I was not sure about the image of the Costa girls. Overall I feel that the interesting points on the frame are all on the same section (the chairs, the bar, the view) while the rest of the image does not tell much. There is no sense of movement or direction and I see Composition 2 a lot more interesting.
Composition 5: I was composing for the bottom right section. I saw three people pushing these metal trolleys on my direction so run towards them to position myself behind and try to catch them on that bottom corner. Luckily I managed to get the last one into the frame and although I had to compose very fast I am happy with the result. Looking at the composition of the image, there is not much going on on the left side but the lines on the glass windows and the slight perspective of the tiles on the ground give a sense of direction and rhythm.
I also wanted to try shooting the same scene positioning a subject on the four different sections to see how this affects the frame.
I shot these images with a 50mm prime lense, at f/8, using the face of the cat as a reference point.
I would say that, comparing the different frames, both Caption 3 and Caption 4 seem more coherent. Since the subject is lying down and in a horizontal position, it feels more natural that it is placed on the horizontal bottom part of the frame. Helps the eye rest and observe the scene in the way that is presented: as a peaceful relaxing image. On the other hand, Caption 1 and Caption 2 are not balanced and the cat seems to float over the scene. From the four images, I would say that Caption 4 presents a better composition as it is equilibrated and also shows a better focus on the subject, filling the frame with meaningful content.
To finish with this exercise, we have to select 6 to 8 of the images from Part 1 that we believe could work together as a series and create a contact sheet like document. These are the images I have picked: