Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual Point of View

Reflection of San Giorgio harbour, Venice

This week’s challenge is about exploring and perhaps exploiting unusual points of view. Framing the subject of your shot so that it isn’t the centre of focus, but using surrounding features to draw your eye to it, at least this is how I understand the challenge presented this week.

I’m forever searching for unusual points of view in my photography, always seeing things from the eye of an artist with an intent to perhaps turn certain images into paintings. When producing a piece of two-dimensional art clever composition is paramount. It creates mystery and is designed to lead the eye in a certain way so that the subject becomes apparent, and like in many works of art the subject isn’t always at the centre of the canvas. Good composition is about creating a visual balance so that all the features present within an image have purpose and relevance adding to the overall impact of the piece, and hopefully evoking something powerful for the person viewing.

This week I have decided to present my chosen images in black and white although they look equally wonderful in colour. I want to explore a different side of Venice in terms of abstract images and mood. Every part of Venice for me is an absolute work of art, from the scruffy tumble-down facades of buildings centuries old, to the algae on the steps leading into the water, to the heavily rusted chains bolted into worn wooden moorings. Everything is just beautiful and tells an epic story.

If you wish to participate in this week’s challenge click here for details. New themes are announced every Friday.


23 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual Point of View

    1. Yes I’m back, more’s the pity! I was only there for a week, it’s all I could afford time-wise and otherwise! But I will return without a doubt.
      Thank you for stopping by and appreciating my pics πŸ™‚
      Have a great weekend!

  1. Great advice, great shots. Also an appreciated caveat, I’ll stay away from Veniceβ€”

    “Hey, Argie~!”
    “Watch out for the algae on the sβ€””
    Boink boink boink … SPLOSH!

    (Four-wheel drive doesn’t help a dog at all sometimes …)

    1. The algae is only on the lower steps; Venice is surprisingly wheel-friendly as long as you keep the handbrake on when you’re at the water’s edge if you must insist on photographing ‘that rusty nail over there’…

    1. Thank you dearest lovely Sophia, coming from a woman with your photographic talent that means quite a lot. You inspire me in so many ways, because of you I want to turn all my images into black and white, but I have to remind myself that the colour version is good too! πŸ™‚
      Also I got playing with some photo editing apps after talking to you yesterday about it. Suffice to say I didn’t edit one photo (ok maybe one), but I did discover the art features on one app and realised that they are great for creating digital art, something I’ve not tried before. So that’s what I did all evening instead of studying (oops!). It was great fun. So thank you πŸ˜€
      Big hugs back

      1. What a beautiful compliment Ish and coming from you I will certainly take it as a compliment. You are just so sweet. πŸ˜€

        LOL! Yes, not every photo can look good in B&W but that is a good reminder for sure. I myself that to do that once or twice. πŸ˜†

        hehe, I know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s the same here. I will start with something, discover something else and before I know it I am doing something else and having more fun. I do hope you will share it. I would love to see it.

        Well, you do have to have some fun. You know the saying about all work and no play. πŸ˜†

        Have fun and enjoy your day sweetness. πŸ˜€ *big hugs*

      2. My problem is staying focussed, i have the attention span of a gnat! πŸ˜€ So you can imagine I get side-tracked really easily!
        I posted a piece of digital art I created with an app called Pavo for the Mac, it’s up on this blog if your interested πŸ™‚

        Have a great week Sophia!
        Love and hugs

      3. haha, I know exactly what you mean. I would be busy doing one thing and someone would say something that creates a spark and then I would start doing something else and like now of course, I am busy answering all the messages here and on the other screen I am playing a facebook game. πŸ˜†

        I just went over and saw it and it’s just beautiful Ish. You have a true talent hon. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

        Have a great week too. It’s nearly Friday! LOL!

        Love & Hugs

      4. Ah… Friday at last… πŸ™‚ Talking of distractions…. I’m doing it again, must get on and study before my time is up and I have to pick my youngest up from pre-school again! It just goes too fast…
        Love and hugs, have a great weekend! xxx

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