Weekly Photo Challenge; Geometry

My husband took these stunning photo of a Swallowtail Butterfly quite a while ago. I was tempted to crop the photos to create a cryptic photo, but I like the photos too much as they are!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Here’s the Weekly Photo Challenge details;

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Quintin Lake of Quintin Lake Architectural Photography. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Geometry. This challenge is about the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world. Many photographs of any genre have an underlying sense of geometry, but I often like to make this the main subject of my work. I think it’s the most important aspect of a photograph’s success. This could be the patterns of the natural world up close and personal, or the rhythm of your local buildings. The above photograph, “Positive Negative,” depicts the Paula Rego Museum in Lisbon where the sky created an equally strong element of the composition as the building. The image has a totemic quality, softened by the passing cloud. I had waited for this cloud to move into the perfect position within the frame. The colour, light, and form of the image emphasize this geometry.

Share a photo that means GEOMETRY to you!

Tip: Once you have found a good subject that contains an 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 art rather than a snapshot.

I’m Quintin Lake, an award-winning architectural and fine art photographer based in Cheltenham, UK. I’m a former architect and author of Drawing Parallels: Architecture Observed. Visit my blog to share my enthusiasm for architectural photography.

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
This entry was posted in Animals, Art, Photography, Symmetry and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge; Geometry

  1. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge GEOMETRY |

  2. I love your butterflies, am a huge fan. Thanks for this.


  3. Grannymar says:

    Barbara, why not make a copy of one of those photos and then crop it as Quintin Lake suggests? I look forward to the results later in the week.


  4. Pingback: Far Away » Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (click the image to see all)

  5. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry | Mirth and Motivation

  6. Anne Camille says:

    What a great interpretation.


  7. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry « What's (in) the picture?

  8. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry « patriciaddrury

  9. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge; Geometry (2) « Day One

  10. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (2) « What's (in) the picture?

  11. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (3) « What's (in) the picture?

  12. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (4) « What's (in) the picture?

  13. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (5) « What's (in) the picture?

  14. Al says:

    Great macro photography. You and Peter might both be interested in looking at this video about the “butterfly alphabet”. I bought one of these and had it framed for Patty’s birthday many years ago.


  15. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry | The Blog Farm

Your thoughts are very welcome :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s