What makes a photograph compelling? This is a question I ask myself whenever I am shooting. Creating balance in a composition is the trick and there are times when it really pays off to center the subject symmetrically.
The bow of the boat leads your eye to the fascinating limestone karst formations on Halong Bay in Vietnam.
Ship’s Bow, Halong Bay
Staring into the eyes of a Great Horned Owl is mesmerizing and choosing a centered close-up accentuates his intense gaze.
Look Into My Eyes
Subjects in threes create a pleasing symmetry.
French Quarter Blues
Textures and colors are the focal point in this image of a wrought iron gate.
Recoleta Iron, Buenos Aires
Columns are an interesting challenge in composition.
Columns and Door, Legion of Honor
Shooting a mirrored landscape reflection is a great way to use symmetry.
Maroon Bells, Aspen
This church door in Sydney called for a centered composition that made the lines, details and colors stand out.
Church Door, Sydney
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” ~ Annie Leibovitz
The Weekly Photo Challenge is Symmetry.