wagenvolks 8:38pm, 23 June 2005
I realize symmetry is just one aspect of a good photograph, but sometimes it can be fun to take pictures with symmetry in mind. Who's got a good one?

Here are two of mine:

Burst of Sunlight over I-64 West

statico [deleted]
dome bottom up view. Orozco murals
Angled Parking
lisatator 13 years ago
okay, so i'm a partial computer moron (only sort of stupid, but not all the way...) and i don't know how to insert a photo on one of these monsters, but i gotta tell ya, yeah, symmetry is nice sometimes, but i think i prefer to have things off-kilter more often than not. makes things fun. eh, that's just me.
quas 13 years ago

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Vinu 13 years ago
jono_party 003
lolay 13 years ago
cisley PRO 13 years ago
asymmetry rules!
Jeffy Can 13 years ago
Yea, assymetry does rule. I think this is my SINGLE symmetrical shot...

Here are two recent favourites of mine...

Loch Ness
Loch Ness

The Mall
The Mall and Buckingham Palace
hodge 13 years ago
Divergent Pathways
armandino 13 years ago
Orange molecule
sooneravenged [deleted] 13 years ago
I don't have much symmetry in my photos...teehee, but I like it that way!

I suspect this is slightly off kilter, so might not qualify for symmetry.
Todd Ehlers 13 years ago
Curiouskiwi--you've hit it with class, I'd say.

Fans of cinema genius Stanley Kubrick will recognize the power of the symmetric shot. (He began his career with photography, and never really left it.)

Here's my contribution--

Pikes Peak Lookout
Steve Crane PRO 13 years ago
This photo displays a perfectly symmetrical object, but I cheated. It's a paperweight sitting on a mirror.

Lovely symmetries.
FLC PRO 13 years ago
also not exactly symmetrical, but

annafdd PRO 13 years ago
I realized lately that I have far too many symmetrical shots. I know all about thirds and so, but I have lots of stuff in the dead centre. I guess I'm lazy.

Ok, then I went and look at my photostream to find an example... and couldn't find a real symmetrical one. Oh well.
reluctant shutter 13 years ago
Hyde Park
dulcelife 13 years ago
My best example:

Center  of the Universe
laurenz 13 years ago
Here, I tried to avoid perfect symmetry by including the patch of grass:
South Africa reflections

Not that symmetric, buuut
_teufel 13 years ago

Symmetric, structural subject, so the image.
JoeCollver PRO 13 years ago
Kevin Day 13 years ago

I think this is my most symetrical shot
Kevin Day 13 years ago
Pan Pacific

Oops no, I found another
bazille [deleted]
iris roof
Symmetrical all the way.

Symmetrical reflections.
revolutionnaire 13 years ago
oops wrong size! but yeah you get the picture.
rodillagrande PRO 13 years ago
Symmetrical reflections in Iceland.

Ice Lagoon
vandrende PRO 13 years ago
light and shadow

Probably my best presently..
doug m 13 years ago
Moma Gallery
Hankerific PRO 13 years ago
I think that the symmetry must have a purpose, as with any other aspect of composition.

For eample, in Quas's shot above, the symmetry adds to a balanced, relaxed, and calm mood.

Doug M's shot right above uses symmetry to show to non-uniqueness of people in public spaces.

armandino's snap of the oranges on a mirror highlights the perfect beauty of nature with its symmetry.

But then we look at Arjan Geurts shot where the symmetry is broken. The car and people offset the symmetry of the architecture to infuse the photo with a sense of modern culture layered on top of history.

Some photos need symmetry. Some absolutely don't.
King of Jive 13 years ago
danny_bra 13 years ago
Building Skeleton
Minimuffin 13 years ago
Great picture, Danny!

i try to find symmetry when i can, but having it a little off kilter works for me too.
Aidan Weatherill PRO 13 years ago
The path goes right along the top!
Striding edge
Rodrigo Perez 13 years ago
marcodede: Wonderful shot, but the kid will be hurt! :-)
scheiro 13 years ago
ORBman 13 years ago
Ricany before sunrise
Zimbragos 13 years ago
The Ghost of Symmetry Past?
Quas, I like your offering, which reminds me of a Chinese painting.
Dunstanburgh Castle
minwoo PRO 13 years ago
Golden Ratio
Heres my attempt:

Nós da Montanha PRO 13 years ago
well, almost:
Cemitério de Lençóis
Dan Coulter PRO 13 years ago
la.jo 13 years ago
Edifici Planeta
nils_asdf [deleted] 13 years ago
simpologist 13 years ago
Lots of repetition, pairs etc, in these posts, not a whole lot of symmetry.

How about this one?

Abbey Nave
glueslabs 13 years ago
imperfect symmetry doesn't count?

Seattle Sunset

Concrete arches


venticello 13 years ago
vita senese
Zimbragos 13 years ago
This is not an expert opinion, so feel free to ignore. "Imperfect" symmetry is surely the same thing as Asymmetry. Except ... we don't always have to be totally scientific about it.
So: I find Quas's misty landscape above symmetrical because the two dark masses balance each other, even though they're not identical. If she'd zoomed in and just captured the edges of those hills, then that would have been framing, not symmetry.
I don't find Glueslab's trees-and-lake (also above)symmetrical in any way. Which isn't to say that it's a bad photo - just asymmetrical.
His tower, on the other hand, achieves a certain kind of edginess by attempting to achieve symmetry and not quite succeeding. I like that.
I notice that everyone's really nice to each other in these groups, so I hope Glueslabs won't take offence at my comments, which come with the best intentions.
Jeesh. Do I go on and on, or what? My wife says so.
Stupid Dancer 13 years ago
Speaking of trying to get symmetry and failing, I was walking back and forth for five minutes trying to find the right spot for this shot. Frank Gehry fights symmetry.
Frank Gehry's Band Shell
i took the asymmetrical first, then the symmetrical. i think the asymmetrical version is more dynamic, interesting. but best to take different compositions, and compare later.

doors 1

doors 2
Lance McCord PRO 13 years ago
hessiebell PRO 13 years ago
as close to symmetrical as i've ever gotten:

cymagen 13 years ago
DWinton PRO 13 years ago
SF buckaroo 13 years ago
Civic Center

Luca Leone 13 years ago
symmetry or geometry? ;-)
zimbragos: no offense taken! i'm interested in this idea. is there such a thing as symmetry in the artistic sense...in other words, a sort of pleasing balance? maybe a loose interpretation of the word, but still...


ps: the two trees (with the river) is stretching it, i know. :)
Philgarlic 13 years ago
Using my computer monitor as a 16.7 million color diffuse light:


Might go into more detail about the lighting setup sometime in the future...
Mormegil 13 years ago
IMG_9768 - Red

IMG_6862 Arch

This next one. I took something that was inherently symmetrical, and threw it askew a bit. Does that count?

IMG_6924 new Arch
I read this thread yesterday before I took a day trip to Toronto and I snapped this picture while there.

Digital Trav 13 years ago
For better or worse, I realize that I have lots of photos with symmetry. Here are a few:

Boardwalk Cascade Stilts
dulcelife 13 years ago
Center  of the Universe
ORBman 13 years ago
Picking up stones
ORBman 13 years ago
ORBman 13 years ago
a fight
Zimbragos 13 years ago
Glueslabs, thanks for your response, which had me searching through my art books last night. What I find is that there is practically no obvious symmetry in the work of the great artists. And when I thought harder, I could see why: symmetry is essentially static. The circle is closed and there's very little left to say except: "Isn't that pretty."
An exception was Andy Warhol, but I think he used symmetry to comment on the mass-produced nature of the modern world.
So, my resolution is: never take a symmetrical picture again, unless there's an overwhelming reason.
Have I missed something?
ORBman 13 years ago
IMHO you missed "never say never" and "rules are meant to be broken" :-)

I love symmetry in pictures. I love when symmetry meets asymmetry ...
Almost symmetrical.

I find symmmetrical photos interesting when the subject really has something to do with that static effect, like some of the building shots in this thread: they are built to look symmetrical, thus the photographer is enhancing that quality previously designed by the architect.
In the case I am posting, except for the slight incline of the central edge, symmetry is mostly there, in geometric terms, but the difference of lighting breaks it somehow, making it a slighly more dynamic image.
Zimbragos: This is what I was referring to. Notice how these definitions talk about the idea of balance, not just perfect (mathematic? geometric?) symmetry. One of them uses da Vinci's Last Supper as an example.


Symmetrical Balance:
Zimbragos 13 years ago
Glueslabs, thanks for those interesting references. How dumb of me to miss one of the most famous paintings of all (DaVinci), which is clearly symmetrical.
Another example is Uccelllo's Hunt in the Forest (link below) where a symmetry of perspective leads your eye towards the pursued deer.

So perhaps these are two examples of an "overwhelming reason" to use symmetry.
And notice, too, that the symmetry in these examples is quite complex - unlike, say, a domed ceiling.
This discussion has made me appreciate dougm's Moma gallery shot earlier in this thread.
laSilvi 13 years ago
oh, yes! That shot by dougm is fantastic!

Symmetry was a very common composition method in the Renassaince period, as it was the (recently discovered) use of perspective and geometrical structures under the visible figures.
stechico PRO 12 years ago
IMG 5638
Curlylocks 12 years ago
Marcus M 12 years ago
guy_incognito 12 years ago
Here's two:

At the Museum

Stars on a Wall
Cameron Booth PRO 12 years ago
Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland
travel into future 2nd version versus cruising norway 2005 107
.supernova. 12 years ago
Keeping symmetry in mind, I also thought of something else that my high school photography teacher always used to say, "taking a picture out of your height range almost always makes the picture more interesting." That is to say, next time you take a picture. Don't hesitate to get on your knees of even lay down to point the camera up, or get a step ladder or tripod to aim your camera down. It always makes the picture more aesthetically pleasing.
Pickersgill Reef PRO 12 years ago
Haven't seen many composite images in Flickr - why?
Kiss farewell version 2
Trapingus Parish Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Trapingus Parish (member) 12 years ago
My try:


Hughes500 12 years ago
chilling out with sunset
Niels* 12 years ago
Corner II
Catherine~Elizabeth 12 years ago
Philippe and Angie PRO 12 years ago
some for the tube fans:



Sven De Vos PRO 11 years ago
two jellow damsels
ashwinmudigonda 11 years ago
Cleveland Metroparks
Kulu40 8 years ago
'Symmetry' eh?:-)

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