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Half & Half

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 17 January 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is the view you get if you look at the Eiffel Tower through an extreme wide angle lens as you walk toward the tower through the tree lined avenues of the Parc du Champ de Mars.

I thought it added a slightly different twist to divide the frame into two halves like this (all done in-camera rather than in post processing apart from the square crop)

NIKON D700 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 200 17 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

Interesting composition, I like the visual effect you achieved!

17 Jan 2011 5:40am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

just like two separate images !! fantastic effect !!!

17 Jan 2011 6:05am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great compo ! Well seen !

17 Jan 2011 8:11am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Wow, some effort was made to prune these trees! Very unique POV, and an excellent idea to evenly divide the frame.

17 Jan 2011 9:02am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Vision is what can make the difference beteween a regular photo and a great photo.
And you achieved that (as usual)... you seized the depth of field that a wide angle lens attached to a full frame allows to do, to a great composition, framing intelligently the landscape. Excellent Ian.

17 Jan 2011 10:11am

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Very interesting work! I like the way you associate trees and Eiffel tower. Well done, Ian.

17 Jan 2011 11:16am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

very unique and creative twist - I like it

17 Jan 2011 12:00pm

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Its always good to see a bisected composition that works. I like the new growth breaking the solid line. There's an odd mathematical equation lurking here with 1/2 frame and 3/4 tower - I'm sure it involves pi and subtracting the number I first thought of.

17 Jan 2011 2:29pm

@John Leech: I couldn't help thinking about that quartered composition of Feininger when I saw this one. Halved composition like this is easy but I haven't spotted a natural quartered one yet!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

...that example is the only one I've seen - and I've looked! I do make a conscious effort to find bisected compositions from time to time, but its very rare that they amount to anything - which makes this shot of yours all the more pleasing.

17 Jan 2011 3:44pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden


17 Jan 2011 4:00pm

tom from Germany

Interesting view to the Eiffeltower.

17 Jan 2011 7:28pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very interesting effect.

18 Jan 2011 2:11am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

certainly a different and very interesting perspective - almost like there was a tree curtain being moved across over the tower and you caught it just before it covered it completely... fine composition!

18 Jan 2011 3:44am

Babzy from Besançon, France

very original ;)

18 Jan 2011 8:42am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a unique and interesting sight you've spotted Ian! Very impressive indeed! Beautiful b&w and presentation, as always!

18 Jan 2011 3:21pm

Anthony from Toms River, United States

Great shot I like how you separated the shot down the middle.

19 Jan 2011 2:36am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

troublante et désorientante... j'aime me faire bousculer...

21 Jan 2011 9:08pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

bizarre visual effect ! well seen !

24 Jan 2011 12:28pm

tim from high desert, United States

Amazing! One of the most original shots I've seen of a hugely photographed subject. If you happen to see this could I eavesdrop on your conversation with John and ask about the "quartered composition of Feininger"? Title? Link?

9 Feb 2011 5:24am

@tim: Sorry Tim, I've only just read your question about Feininger's photo with the quartered composition. Unfortunately I've not been able to find it anywhere on the internet. John Leech showed it to me in one of Feinigers books.

1/125 second
ISO 200
17 mm (35mm equiv.)