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        The Fibonacci Circle | The Golden Ratio

        Well here’s something that many of my photographer peers have great knowledge of but still, it’s great to share this with those new to the craft. Or even teach an old dog new tricks. Ha ha!

        When it comes to my photography, geometry and composition is how I see the world. The Fibonacci spiral or golden ratio is one such composition that has helped me improve over the years to find that perfect balance. Take for example this shot of gorgeous couple Kelley Terry and Erich Schoefer captured inside a limo last month.

        The Fibonacci Spiral example with wedding couple Erich and Kelley in a limo, Houston, Texas
        The Fibonacci Spiral example with wedding couple Erich and Kelley in a limo, Houston, Texas

        The temptation when presented with an exciting scene like this I liken to a football/soccer player about to score a goal and the striker gets a rush of blood to the head completely missing the goal (I’ve actually been there). It’s good to take a deep breath, think, analyze, shoot the angles working the scene and use geometry as you’re shooting, all the while keeping in mind the human element, which in my case was the emotive impact.

        Take the photo of the cyclist passing by from Henri Cartier-Bresson. This is a perfect example of patience and composition. I’m not sure if he was self-aware of how he was framing the Golden Ratio/Fibonacci spiral, but he was formally and in later years a painter and studied from great mentors.

        Henri Cartier-Bresson's many examples of perfect framing and composition
        Henri Cartier-Bresson’s many examples of perfect framing and composition © Henri Cartier-Bresson

        To access all this goodness in Lightroom, select an image, go to develop, R, press O until you come to the spiral, hold shift to move the spiral round for horizontal or vertical images.

        The Fibonacci Spiral
        The Fibonacci Spiral