ajshanker, Apr 27, 2019 : Hello Shutterbugs! Greetings from God's Own Country. My name is Ajay, I come from a place down south in India called Kerala. Last month it was @Otto from Germany, hosting the shot on one plus thread. His fabulous opening photo for SOOP April, gave us a glimpse of the Pyrenees mountain range and varied flora and fauna of a place 7500kms away from where I am writing this. (a picture did take you this far) This time we are travelling down south to India to a stretch of land nestled among the Nilgiri mountain range and caressed by the soothing Arabian sea. Before I dive in to the picturesque location here is what you already know, Last month´s thread: Shot on OnePlus April The amazing compression app: YaImCo Google Cam Port: Google Camera Ports for OnePlus 3/T, 5/T and 6/T Use the compression app YalmCO by @hennes if you are using the Community app. Try the Google Camera port if you haven't already, I recommend the One Plus 5 and 5T users to definitely try that out. So, you have seen my opening photo, What mood has this photo set you in? I call this the ‘dua of magrib’- meaning, the evening prayer. The silhouette technique is used to make a less distracting uniform foreground, the mosque is placed in the intersecting two thirds while the typo is placed dead in the centre. Both don’t distract each other, the typo doesn’t stand awkwardly out from the picture as the lower portion is blended right in. This according to me looks like a sunset painting/picture. That brings us to the question… What is a picture? Is it just an impression of something formed from a description?, something you picture in your mind and then convey through various forms of art like- Words, action, paint or light. A picture can be a 300 word paragraph, a thousand fine bush strokes or a billion photons converging on a sensor. Before many great artists could hold a camera in their hands, they held a brush. They carefully handpicked the shades they wanted to use, meticulously placed their subjects in the point of interest. We tend to think that its impossible in photography. Composition in photography is simply this, all the rules, gridlines and symmetry help us to achieve this very essence of painting in a film. The picture is nothing but our composition, our creation of what idea or emotion we want to convey to the audience. I will not go on and describe the various composition rules and guidelines, I want the users to post their best picture/photo, something that conveyed an emotion in them, an idea, there must be a reason you think it looks beautiful (because of the rich colour, symmetry or difficult to master technique used). We will together discuss and dissect each image and see which rule of photography was applied to each and how little tweaks could improve them. Surprise me! Post photos that you created rather than just picked up. Actively change the foreground, midground or centre of the frame. Let your artistic senses tingle and play. Compose a picture, don’t just take a photo. Cheers!