Case Study - Cove
I love this scene. It incorporates everything I've just been talking about. All the main principles of gestalt theory are right here. This is Manna War Cove in the Jurassic Coast, and I photographed it many times. And of all the images I've shot, this one is my favorite. To get this image, I came very late. One night when the moon was full. I sat here with cameras set up on a tripod. I was using a long exposure time around half on hour with an aperture of F eight. Now that's the techie stuff, so let's get to the composition. The white serve, which is a result of the long exposure, creates half of the figure of eight, but only half the complete shape rely on closure. That's the first cast out principle. One, the bottom of the figure of eight shape is formed of repeating patterns. Also there because of the long exposure which create a sense of unity through similarity to the group of rocks in the center of the bay. We perceive as a whole because of their proximity. Three. That diagonal l...
ines, which have both explicit and implied or lead to this group of rocks, which gives us continuance for and finally, to clarify the journey's end. The group of rocks former figure against the lighter background of seawater figure and ground five. So now you can see the subliminal messages in the composition that, while complex, at a unified structure that makes the scene easy to read in the viewer's mind, No.