Additional Crop Thoughts: Using the Golden Spiral
In the previous Fibonacci (or Golden Spiral) example, I used a landscape format example of a portrait that shows how the Lightroom Spiral overlay can be used to aid in a powerful composition in post production. Today, I thought it might be fun to show a recent image from my studio work in Portrait orientation with the same spiral overlay.
REVIEW: Crop overlays in Lightroom are accessed by invoking the Crop Tool [R] and then cycling through the overlays with the [O] key. When you arrive at the Golden Spiral (Fibonacci Sequence) overlay, the [Shift] [O] key combination will let you further cycle through the 8 variations of this spiral overlay: 4 clockwise and 4 counter clockwise originating from each corner.
This overlay is particularly useful in this image as the spiral mimics the overall shape of the posed figure. It was tempting to place the eye at the terminus of the spiral but I found that I liked the bounding curve cradling the jawline and the face slightly better. The Eye, the Nose, the Lips, the Jaw, the Ear and the hidden backside curve of the head all fall along the spiral’s curve .
The end result is a compelling image based upon this ancient compositional guide.
Rikk Flohr © 2013