A place to think about composition in photography

Isolating elements in a landscape

Again comparing two similar images

Burnsall in the Yorkshire Dales

Burnsall in the Yorkshire Dales

It struck me there was a better picture trying to get out of this one.

isolated image from Burnsall

isolated image from Burnsall

The isolated image concentrates the attention on the four figures walking through the three trees which makes for a better composition as there is less to distract the eye.

Note that there is no horizon in either picture, this composition doesn’t need one.

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2 responses

  1. Hi Adrian,

    I like the false horizon of the river in the first picture, and the tonal balance between the false sky and the foreground wall, and the river and the path, works well.

    Alastair.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    • Hi Alastair,

      A perceptive comment about the river making a horizon, you are quite right.

      I was using the term horizon in its literal sense being a divide between earth and sky but you’ve made me realise that this is too tight a definition.

      The path is such a strong compositional device it competes for the attention with the figures.

      You have made me think more deeply about this thank you.

      Adrian

      March 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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