A place to think about composition in photography

Creating calm with Rhythm and Harmony

Colour harmony As a photographer I have a strong interest in colours and patterns in the image, and the way we perceive them.

Many people have told me that this photograph conveys a sense of calm:



Birch trees in the Cotswolds

There are several reasons why this is calm and restful, here are the main ones:

  • Harmonious Colours:  Greens yellows and greys complement one another and not contrast
  • Even Lighting:  Taking the photograph when the sun was clouded over reduced the tonal range in the picture (compare this with the selective lighting post in this blog)selective lighting post
  • Rhythm: The repeating shapes of the trees create a sense of rhythm that is calm and reassuring.  The reason is that we know what to expect next.
  • Mystery: Look at the way the trees recede into the distance, it gets lighter and not darker, I wonder why…     Where is the vanishing point in this picture?… The eye is led out of the right of the photograph, there is no apparent end to the trees….



2 responses

  1. Beautiful photo’s.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:49 am

    • Thank you Chris, I am a fan of your approach to composition too.


      December 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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