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McKailen Haddock's picture

Old Archive Photo

This is an old archive photo from about a year ago, and was my first landscape photo. Could I please have some feedback on composition? Thanks

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Chris Jablonski's picture

Hi McKailen! Your composition is nearly there, to my eye. The central grouping of three trees & trunks divides the image in two, and is in itself not particularly worth such prominence. The bare trunk in particular jars a bit, but it IS part of the natural scene. Also, the branches at top right intrude, but don't contribute, for me.

I attach an edit where I've roughly rectified these issues. Now, the scene is a bit generic, and lacks something on the right, so maybe I'd have walked down to the left, and put that central grouping to the right, as a visual anchor and point of interest, but not placed centrally, as if it is "the subject". You WERE on to something with those different-looking trees, after all.

I hope that makes sense. I'm trying to put myself in your place, and imagine how I'd "work" this quite beautiful scene.

This is purely subjective, and others may see it very differently than I have. And I might like what they'do here. There's not one "right" way.

McKailen Haddock's picture

I see what you mean! Thanks

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi McKailen. Sharing my opinion. All opinions are individual perceptions.
OPTION 1: for such landscape photographs I search for focal point. the frame develops around that. the mountains at the back grabs the attention first. Hence I would crop the image keeping white mountains in focal plane and right side emptiness gets eliminated. this may look mundane/average/boring initially, but a photographer grows from this point onwards by dealing with elements of foreground and background. OPTION2: I think the right side snow an be composed as framed within the trees. though my perception would look for more interest in the frame. Intially this frame this may look unintersting but way forward perception can be developed for minimalist frames. see something from "nothing".

in each of above frames distractions need to be removed. for me, either the element is in good expression or not there at all.

Hope this helps. wishing good shooting sooner.

Chris Jablonski's picture

I like both of these, Vijay! An entirely approach to this image than mine, but I agree with your sentiments.

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi Chris. sure. that's why I consider photography an ART-FORM and not technique. cheers.

McKailen Haddock's picture

Thank you to both of you! This really helped. I appretiate it!