The Search for that Perfect Composition.

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kreygscott
kreygscott Senior Member • Posts: 1,282
The Search for that Perfect Composition.
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Composition within Landscape Photography as with any other art form is subjective to the message each person wishes to convey via the image. When I struggled desperately to make this picture a few days ago I was reminded by this unavoidable truth. Bombarded by questions such as, "How much foreground should I include?" "Should I put the Horizon line on the first third line or the second?" followed by many others had me utterly confused as the light dwindled away right in front of me. Finally something came to me. Something I feel compelled to share and hope you'll appreciate what I've learnt.

- There are NO rules to Landscape Photography. What we perceive as rules are only visual techniques to be utilized as guidelines, each from which we must all build upon in our quest to share the landscape with our viewers in the strongest manner possible.

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Lan Senior Member • Posts: 2,884
Re: The Search for that Perfect Composition.
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kreygscott wrote:

Finally something came to me. Something I feel compelled to share and hope you'll appreciate what I've learnt.

- There are NO rules to Landscape Photography. What we perceive as rules are only visual techniques to be utilized as guidelines, each from which we must all build upon in our quest to share the landscape with our viewers in the strongest manner possible.

Nice shot Kreyg; the sky is magnificent and I like the way you've balanced it against the rocks in the bottom left of the frame! The side lit houses work well too. Plenty of interest in all areas of the image.

Absolutely. There are no real rules; the reason we have things like the "rule" of thirds is to provide guidance to beginners, who will (by default) centre the subject, without considering whether that's the best place for it or not! The rule of thirds is purely designed to make people >think< about composition. Which is ironic because people then go on to slavishly apply it without thinking about the composition

Particularly as you explore the artistic end of things, anything goes. Blurry. Grainy. There are no rules, merely whatever fulfils your own artistic vision.

Scott Milso Senior Member • Posts: 1,099
Re: The Search for that Perfect Composition.

I agree 99%

Great shot, well thought out composition - looks great!

REDunnLev
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Re: The Search for that Perfect Composition.

That is a very nice image.  I agree with you.  I have learned that when I think too much I miss the best shot.  I have learned to take whatever God gives me weather wise and compose as I can whether I violate the rules or not and that is when I get the best images.

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kreygscott
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Re: The Search for that Perfect Composition.

Lan wrote:

kreygscott wrote:

Finally something came to me. Something I feel compelled to share and hope you'll appreciate what I've learnt.

- There are NO rules to Landscape Photography. What we perceive as rules are only visual techniques to be utilized as guidelines, each from which we must all build upon in our quest to share the landscape with our viewers in the strongest manner possible.

Nice shot Kreyg; the sky is magnificent and I like the way you've balanced it against the rocks in the bottom left of the frame! The side lit houses work well too. Plenty of interest in all areas of the image.

Absolutely. There are no real rules; the reason we have things like the "rule" of thirds is to provide guidance to beginners, who will (by default) centre the subject, without considering whether that's the best place for it or not! The rule of thirds is purely designed to make people >think< about composition. Which is ironic because people then go on to slavishly apply it without thinking about the composition

Particularly as you explore the artistic end of things, anything goes. Blurry. Grainy. There are no rules, merely whatever fulfils your own artistic vision.

Thank you for the kind words Lan.

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Re: The Search for that Perfect Composition.

Scott Milso wrote:

I agree 99%

Great shot, well thought out composition - looks great!

Thanks Milso. I had an opportunity to revisit this location from a higher perspective. So far the image looks great on camera. Hoping it'll come out great after a bit of post processing.

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REDunnLev wrote:

That is a very nice image. I agree with you. I have learned that when I think too much I miss the best shot. I have learned to take whatever God gives me weather wise and compose as I can whether I violate the rules or not and that is when I get the best images.

Amen brother. Without God nothing is possible. So true.

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