This winter, Destination Docklands is hosting a photography competition throughout the months of July and August. It’s called ‘Shades of Winter’ and they are looking for photos taken in and around Docklands during these months.
The subject matter can be anything you like. It could be of your kids having fun outdoors, people wining and dining, Docklands scenic parklands or harbour, local markets, Friday winter fireworks, Footy at Etihad Stadium, or anything else you can think of as long as its captured in Docklands during July/August 2014.
Entry is free and anyone can enter regardless of age or skill level. First prize in the adult category receives $1000. The youth category for under 16s will receive $500 for first place. Winning entries will also be featured in a Docklands exhibition later in the year.
To enter or to find out more, visit www.destinationdocklands.com.au or Google ‘shades of winter photo competition destination docklands.
Being a trained photographer I thought I would offer some ideas for great Docklands shots and some pro composition tips to help improve your pics.
Get Closer/Keep it Simple
The most dynamic photos with the greatest impact are often the simplest ones. You can remove unwanted clutter by moving closer to your subject or using a zoom lens to isolate only the important details in an image.
Here I chose to isolate the building, street lamp and anchor to simplify the composition. I also took the shot from ground level and aimed my camera straight up to allow a clean uncluttered background of sky and clouds.
Leading lines are visible lines that you use in your composition to lead the viewer’s eye through the scene and to your subject.
Here I used the curve of the deck to lead the eye from foreground to background to the yacht and stadium.
Have a Concept
Having a concept means finding a way to visually express an idea or message. In this case it is something that symbolises Docklands.
Here I have captured the top of a skyscraper under construction with cranes at work. This symbolises the constantly evolving and expanding nature of the Docklands precinct.
In art, design and photography, an artist is working with a 2 dimensional page, canvas or image. To make pictures look more 3 dimensional creative producers use a number of depth cues.
One of the most important depth cues, and the easiest to remember, is linear perspective.
Linear perspective is when you eye views lines travelling from close up to far away as converging toward the horizon. These lines get narrower and thinner and less detailed as they get further away.
It is easy to create linear perspective in photography. The secret is to find lines in your scene that lead away from you, rather than cross your path horizontally. Use footpaths, roads, tracks, or any line that heads from your vantage point away into the distance.
In this example I have used the line formed by the dock and the large black and orange pillars to highlight linear perspective. As it gets further away the dock looks narrower and smaller, and the pillars appear smaller. This gives the scene a sense of depth.
If I had taken the shot looking straight out over the harbour with the dock crossing my path horizontally as many people would naturally do, it would have looked flat and 2 dimensional.
Keep in mind that the competition is looking for images that promote Docklands as a fun, entertaining and attractive place to visit. They will most likely be looking for great shots with people enjoying themselves as well as shots that show something scenic or fun that is a well known feature of attraction of the area.
Good Luck and happy snapping.