The Swarm…

Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is all about Composition. The way we consider a subject before pressing the shutter is very important.

“the art of arranging all the elements in your frame in an aesthetically pleasing way”


This is an India Ink version of a photograph of my eldest grandson just about to jump down from a granite stone gate post. I have used the ‘rules of thirds‘ to position the figure on the lower left-hand side of the image so that he is seen to be jumping into space. I like how I managed to capture him with his legs bent freezing the moment he is about to leap. I also like the spires of the foxgloves piercing the blank sky. I don’t particularly like the way the cloud on the left appears using this effect, but I have left it in because on reflection it rather looks as though a swarm of midges is heading his way and he is trying to out run them!


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

42 thoughts on “The Swarm…”

    1. At the latest count I have 7 grandchildren Paula. Eldest is 18 and lives in Canberra, Australia; youngest is nearly 4 months and lives in Perth Australia. I have 4 in this country and this one is the eldest here (14). I have four children and started very young!

  1. Good grief! Jump faster, young man! 🙂 🙂 Clever stuff, Jude. I just thought of one of mine that would make a good subject for this challenge. I’ll see if you can spot it later. 🙂 Happy Monday! Walk’s cancelled. (real, not virtual 🙂 ) Inclement weather.

    1. Bit grey here yesterday, but no rain and today was lovely until the evening when the cloud appeared out of nowhere! But I got a lot done in the garden so that’s good 🙂 I need to get out more too, been an odd sort of month.

  2. I loved the commentary. When I first looked at the photo, I hadn’t noticed the *midges*. I had to go back and look …. you’re right! It does look like he’s trying to escape the swarm. Too funny 🙂

    1. I didn’t notice at first either, and then I thought I ought to edit the cloud out of the frame, but decided it actually added to the story so left it in. I’m happy that you approve 🙂

  3. Yikes that is quite the effect Jude! Good eye and great composition. My childhood memory of Alfred Hitchcock’s the birds has always left me with an eye over my shoulder for black birds. 🙂

        1. Daphne du Maurier’s short story is quite horrific AND it took place on a farm in Cornwall. I take good care to smile at the crows around me… 🙂

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