Show us Triangle as a composition

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Gerard, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    Along with other compositional tools like disappearing lines, diagonals, frames, etc, a triangle is a basic shape, easy to be recognized as is by our brain, thus making it a pleasing aspect of a photo.
    Well, that is the theory I read in several places.

    Can you show us a picture with a triangle as the most important element in the scene.
    And can you inform us if you saw this shape beforehand and therefor took the shot and maybe had to manipulate somehow by climbing or lowering the standpoint to get this shape in camera. or was it all a coincidence in hinsight?

    I am very curious about attempts that were succesfull, but also about the failures. Most interesting it is to hear why it is a succes, or a failure.

    Maybe it is a good thing to explain a triangle as I see it. Be free to (un)follow this guideline.
    A triangle as a compositional tool we will find when there are 3 points in the photo that battle for our attention and have (imaginairy) lines between them.
    The main thing is that the triangle tell us about (whether or not) the connection between the points.
    The 3 points are more important than the lines.
    Examples are
    3 heads
    Creatures at a contrasting backdrop
    etc, etc...
  2. LucDeSchepper

    LucDeSchepper Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 8, 2014
    Luc de Schepper
    How about this one? The composition was semi-intentional, I was tilting the camera looking for an extra element when I saw the multiple triangles in the viewfinder and knew this was to be the final image.

    23191451071_f8c6532015_o.jpg EM10-208443 by Luc de Schepper, on Flickr
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  3. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    Quite a success. I know this building. Thanks for sharing.
  4. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
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  5. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2015
    Triangles are my favourite shape by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr

    One of my favorite pictures for pure composition. Might be a little too abstract for some, but I got a lot of satisfaction from getting such pure shapes from a complicated scene. I had to try a lot of crops before I arrived at the one here.

    Here's a picture of the entire structure, though it's still a bit hard to make out since it's so high contrast. It's a round-about at a bus/train station.

    PA210014.jpg by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr
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  6. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
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  7. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    Great that you took the effort to bend, so to speak, your position in order to get the desired frame before the lens. Satisfying when there is success. This appeals to me :)
  8. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    The wooden 'anchors' making a triangle? :)
  9. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    With a little help from the sun. Great!
  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    From a blog post I put out May 2015. Triangles in subject posing, complete with triangles overlay! :D

    This was a portrait shoot for a client, so the composition was deliberate, so setup before hand.

    The full blog for those interested in my thoughts on composition can be found here:
    Composition and You! A Guide For Giving Your Photos More
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  11. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2016
    Kent, UK
    Here the triangle is the only compositional device - and while I think simple composition is important, here it is perhaps too simple. It may have been better served by composing slightly wider. The lack of colour in the processing adds to the minimal nature.

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  12. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013

    This isn't a great picture and it isn't taken on an m4/3 camera. It's just a picture I took one-handed with my cell phone while hanging from a ladder this morning to document work being done on my roof.

    Posting here, because I see a lot of triangles!
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  13. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    The shadow finalizes (if that is a word) the wall...
    great tones, colours, lines and triangle....
    And men at work ;)
  14. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
  15. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2014
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  16. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
  17. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    I am enthralled with geometric forms. That's why I'm drawn to shooting agricultural and industrial themes. Here the geometric shapes were conspicuous to the composition's creation.
    tri·an·gu·late by Michael Atwell - Chrome Dome, on Flickr

    Often I use of strong diagonal lines to create a tension integral to my composition. Their inclusion consequentially creates or implies triangles as the force lines (or planes) extend beyond the picture's edges.
    MING by Michael Atwell - Chrome Dome, on Flickr
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  18. Rifleair

    Rifleair Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 6, 2016
    Midlands, UK
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