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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2013 - 3:37 AM

i would like to know is an interesting foreground is a must on landscape photo?
is it wrong to put point of interest in mid or background and leaving the foreground empty.?

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JulianWalley
11 May 2013 - 6:40 AM

Not wrong just not the norm, experiment it's up to you after all. Grin
It's just like the rule of thirds, our eyes/brains are made up that way and we like to put things into a kind of symmetry but whatever pleases you personally is ok.
Sometimes a seemingly empty foreground can be used to give a feeling of space or desolation to great effect, or if you want to concentrate the viewers eye on a main subject that is far off/in the mid/background, less is more so to speak..

Cheers Jules...

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MrB
MrB  4 United Kingdom
11 May 2013 - 6:50 AM

Some photos make use of lead in lines in the foreground to take your eye to the point of interest. This does allow a simple foreground but it does depend upon what you are trying to achieve.

StrayCat
StrayCat  1014200 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2013 - 6:55 AM

Some people with those super wide angle lenses might have their toes as foreground interest.Tongue

Denny

JohnParminter
11 May 2013 - 10:02 AM


Quote: i would like to know is an interesting foreground is a must on landscape photo?

No, it is not a must.


Quote: is it wrong to put point of interest in mid or background and leaving the foreground empty.?

No it is not wrong, some landscape photos don't even have a foreground and are perfectly fine without one.

However, if you intend to include a foreground in a photo then it may as well be interesting or have a function otherwise it may be superfluous to requirements.

arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 3:11 AM

Thank you for answering my question. actually i am a little confuse about this interesting foreground, especially when applied it into the scene. still need more practice i think.

rhol2
rhol2  3273 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 6:13 AM

Many landscapes are helped by some foreground interest, but I feel this is sometimes overdone, so that the foreground dominates , and it is not clear whether the foreground or other elements in the scene are the intended focal point for the viewer.

It might be worth searching for "landscapes" in Google Images, which will bring up dozens of examples to consider and get some ideas from...

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mikehit
mikehit e2 Member 45761 forum postsmikehit vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 8:56 AM

It all depends on the lens you are using and I would generalise by saying the wider the lens the more important foreground/miground object is. The widest commonly used focal lengths are 17mm on 35mm camera (10mm on APS-C, 8mm on MFT) a distant bacground is very small in the frame and you need foreground elements to give the eye something to latch onto and stop pictures looking repetitive. But as has been said, it may be an effect you want occasionally.

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 9:44 AM

Having just looked through your portfolio, you obviously have a good eye, and make the most of diagonals as lead-ins. I would say carry on with what you are naturally doing "if it isn't broken, don't fix it!" Smile

Rgds
Paul

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 12:05 PM

have a go with the long lens - you can pick out some cool shapes - here's a curvy road in Swaledale... foreground was about 1/4 - 1/2 mile away

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 1:43 PM

an interesting sample of foreground Ade, that's very clear to me...

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 1:43 PM

???

JulianWalley
13 May 2013 - 8:00 PM

Couple of Different uses of Foreground here:

autumn-glory-thirlmere.jpg

derwentwater-and-castle-cragg-from-levels-mine.jpg

And Space...

grasmere-18-10-2009.jpg

Grin

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214381 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 8:09 PM

Dead sheep are good Smile

keithh
keithh  1022557 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2013 - 8:38 PM

Avoid sticks. A stick is just a stick, it is of no interest to anybody, much less if it happens to be the only thing for 1/2 mile on a beach.

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