Beginner Photography: Abstract and Geometric

This week’s topic is a fun one. I, like Tony, really love geometry in photos. I like abstract as well, the focus on shape and form is really compelling. I’m not entirely sure how you teach something like this though. It feels very subjective. I’ve done two abstract posts so far, the first one is here and then another here where I try Chelsea’s abstract impressionism project:

The way I approached this was just finding an object that I thought had an interesting shape, and then taking shots of it from as many angles as possible. I also zoomed or cropped in really close on the subject to focus on texture.

Here’s my attempt:

f/5, 1/80th, ISO 1000


f/5.4, 1/6th, ISO 1600


f/3.5, 1/80th, ISO 320


f/3.5, 1/320th, ISO 200


 I’m not thrilled with these shots. They don’t look as compelling to me on the page as they did in the camera which is disappointing. I would have loved to get some architecture, I think it lends itself to this topic the most, but I wasn’t in the city over the weekend. I’m really interested in seeing what every one else came up with this week!

What about these shots works for you? What doesn’t?

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8 Responses to Beginner Photography: Abstract and Geometric

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    PhotoDestroyer July 18, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    I really dig the last shot the most. Your first shot was appealing as well! I didn’t think these turned out bad at all, Siobhan; nice work!

  2. Roderick July 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m with Justin; the first one is nice and ambiguous – am I on the outside looking in or the inside looking out.?
    The second shot;- to quote someone in “The Big Lebowski”, “… that rug rally brought the place together…” 😉
    The last one is very nice and I don’t see spot colour causing any problems if you submit it

    Thanks Siobhán

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      SiobhanKyle July 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      Haha, it is natural spot color! I didn’t desaturate anything.

  3. SteveWaller July 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    The second shot made my eyes jump with excitement… that’s not a thing is it, but its the only way I can think of describing it. To me that makes it a great shot, but I have no idea why. Something about it causes far more emotional impact than a chair on a rug has any right to do. I’m weird, right?

    I’m not happy with anything I’ve shot so far but as always seeing your work inspires me to try harder. Thanks 🙂

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      SiobhanKyle July 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      Thank you so much! I really like that one too, and I’m not sure what it is about it.

  4. GabrielMccoll August 19, 2017 at 5:47 am #

    Am impressed you posted stuff you’re not particularly happy with. I’m not an abstracter or expert but I think maybe theyre a bit not abstracted enough?
    For the me the potential winner is the carpet but I kind of feel the amount of carpet is too much.
    I tried putting my fingers into the carpet to cut it right up to the bottom of the leg and found that more interesting. Specially with a bit of work to bring out the lines of the shadows to contrast.
    Like the idea tho. Thanks

  5. Martinb September 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Love the second one the best really draws you into the picture

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