Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

“The Golden Spiral”

Well, I was recently asked to explain my use of the Fibonacci Spiral in composing complex scenes for landscape photography.  This is a very difficult concept to put into words.  FAR more difficult to verbalize than utilize, so to save me the words, I will let the Digital Photography School Forums do it for me, with their very clear description of Divine Composition.

Unlike The Rule of Thirds, the Fibonacci Spiral is something that can be a bit more daunting to utilize in the field.  Afterall, it’s fairly easy to visualize your viewfinder cut into equal thirds along both axes.  It does, however, take a bit more forethought and practice to utilize the spiral.  Don’t fret…with practice, it becomes as much a second-nature instinct as the rule of thirds…

Here is a couple of examples of some of my own photographs, and how the Fibonacci Spiral was applied during composition–

As you can see, it really isn’t as complex and daunting as you might think upon first trying to utilize it.  It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with ratio and proportions of the spiral while in the comfort and convenience of your computer chair.  The more the image of that spiral is engrained in your memory, the easier it will be to visualize in the field.  Happy Shooting!!

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2 responses

  1. I found this to be a fascinating post on photography. In a comment I linked to this on a fellow blogger’s site here: http://shootingmyuniverse.blogspot.com/2011/02/spirals.html

    February 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

    • Thanks for the link, Katie! Always good to find a new photo blog to browse, and one with good information, too!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

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