As I got a number of positive responses the last time that I did an analysis of how I made the decisions that got me to my particular take of the scene in front of me, I’m doing another post along this vein with a very different image.
This image is more about discovery than any other factor, as I found this location while driving through the Harvard University research forest in Petersham, MA. There are times when one should not believe all signs; on this fine day, I chose to ignore the ‘Road Ends’ sign. The paved road ended, but a dirt road continued and led me into a forest, where I found this stellar location.
This particular landscape has a lot of beautiful elements to it, but not one stand-out element that I wanted to highlight in this photo. When this is the case, I like to frame the image, such as with the tree on the left and top, the overhanging branch on the right and the tall grass down low. Framing provides a sense of looking into the scene, as it provides depth and a sense of looking into the scene rather than at it.
This rather simple trick is something that dresses up many a scene, whether you shoot it in portrait or landscape mode. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, if you have tried this as well.