Photo Challenge 2: ‘Geometry´ by Quintin Lake



For the second in our series of photography challenges, Currys invites Quintin Lake, an award-winning architectural and fine art photographer based in Cheltenham, England, to set a challenge that encapsulates “Geometry”.

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Welcome back to the second of our series of photography challenges. Each week, Currys will invite a leading UK photography expert to set our readers a photography challenge for the opportunity to win a 'One Day Photography Course' and a Nikon Coolpix S6500 camera! 

This week Currys invites Quintin Lake, an award-winning architectural and fine art photographer based in Cheltenham, England, to set a challenge that encapsulates "Geometry".

 

As a former architect and author of Drawing Parallels: Architecture Observed, I believe that many of the best photographs of any genre have an underlying sense of geometry and I often like to make this the subject of my work. I think it's one of the most important aspects of a photograph's success.

Therefore, this challenge is to create an image that visualises the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world

gerometric facade

This could be the patterns of the natural world up close and personal, or the rhythm of architecture.

To enter, go to the Currys PC World Facebook page.

 

Tip: Once you have found a good subject that contains interesting geometry, try to crop tightly into the subject to make an unexpected composition.

Your goal should be to create an abstract composition so the image is more about underlying shapes than a literal representation of the subject matter itself - by doing this you create a considered composition rather than a snapshot.

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Tip: You are likely to want good sharpness and depth of field for images such as these. I find using aperture priority set to F9 and letting your dslr camera choose the iso gives good results. You just want to check the shutter speed is sufficient to prevent camera blur which is likely to be in the 1/60th to 1/200th second range depending on the focal length of the camera lens you are using.

geometric opposition

For the winning image, I'll be looking for photographs where the photographer has created a geometric composition through their vision and composition rather than simply photographing a subject containing geometry.

 

Please find a selection of my favourite images for some ideas.

Best of luck!

Quintin Lake