I have to admit to being very proud of Jenny Downing, who has come so very far from thinking she had no clue about composition to one of the best I know at churning out stunningly balanced images. And this one, instead of working by feel, she worked very hard to get just right, to balance for optimal impact. The effort was an unmitigated success.

lambentThe most amazing way to create a powerful diptych is to do it subtly, without using two image; to divide the composition of the one scene in such a way that there are two parts, clear and distinct. Here, that diptych effect is applied not to the subject, but to the setting – to the the luminosity of the reflection: light and dark; a powerful contrast that hold the eye in the area between, there fine details can be found. The eye may stray into the out-of-focus areas, but the balance of opposing forces brings it quickly back to the tight line of focus, where the interest is to be found.

That detail, of course, sits precisely upon the horizontal golden ratio (the dark band on the right is the secondary, obviously), and the point where the cross-beam passes through the focal plane is itself on the vertical golden ratio. The eye is drawn by many forces – optimal position, leading lines, interest, focus, to that one point, where it may explore intricacies in the patterned detail, sketched in harsh relief by the strong light.

An absolutely magnificent piece of work – a graduation assignment if ever there was one. Jenny has most definitely mastered her composition.

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