Composition #6 – Using Repetition

Theory
Repetition can be appealing, but too much of the same thing can be boring.

Instead, take subjects which show repetition but with a slight difference:

  • Similar objects, of different sizes or focus
  • Similar objects, of different colours
  • Similar objects, in different positions

Examples

[Pencils I – the variation here is colour, size and position – the ends of the pencils were all lined up, and the difference in their lengths was entirely down to how much they had been used in the past]

[Windows Within Windows – foreground windows repeat uniformly, their reflected counterparts all suffer from different distortions in the glass]

[The Table Setting – a simple found still-life shot – the wine glasses, condiment set and red gerbera, each of different sizes and gradually getting less sharp as they get further back]

[Floral Details II – the blooms repeat in different positions and gradually less focussed further back in the picture]

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