2014 Challenge, Week 21: COMPOSITION – SYMMETRY

We are back to another technical challenge, once again focusing on a composition technique. This week, we will be shooting symmetry. Symmetry is the correspondence in size, form, or arrangement on opposite sides of a line or plane. Imagine drawing a line down the middle of this photograph, from top to bottom. The image on each side of the line is quite similar.

“Symmetry III” by Matus Kalisky

This effect can also be seen on the horizontal plane, or along diagonals. One way to shoot a symmetrical image is to take advantage of reflections in a window, a body of water, or a mirror.

“Symmetry” by Mathias Liebing

“Mountain Panorama” by Damien du Toit

Nature is a good place to look for symmetry. Plants and animals often exhibit symmetrical features. You can also find symmetry in a portrait of a human.

“Unfinished Symmetry” by Suzanne Gerber

“Symmetry of White Flesh” by Jeremy Brooks

“Snowflake macro: symmetriad” by Alexey Kljatov

The built world is also a good place to find symmetry. Many buildings and structures will exhibit symmetry of one kind or another.

“(a)symmetry / (a)simetría” by manolo guijarro

“Cala.triangle” by josef.stuefer

“The Bridge of Putrajaya” by Trey Ratcliff

Finally, don’t be afraid to use some post-production trickery to make some awesome symmetry!

“time machine” by Jes

As always, please post/share a photo you take THIS WEEK. We love your old photos, but not for the challenge. The point of the PhotoChallenges is for you to set out to create a new photo, to share with us all this week. Share them with us all at our Google+ CommunityFacebook Group, and/or our Flickr Group.

Now get out there and shoot!


About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.

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