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By Meditator
How would you compose this sort of thing ...
I agree at one level change my position to shoot from a different angle ... that apart any suggestions

the foreground is a scruffy set of border flowers. The gap to the tree is compressed using the telephoto lens. The mist hanging over the lake is integral to the story but blanks a third of the image. It was also changing massively within a few minutes - one minute there the next clear - followed by total white out!

More tomorrow.

Thanks for looking.


Tags: Brecon Landscape and travel Llangorse lake Llangasty

Voters: Tish1, mrswoolybill, gwynn56 and 5 more

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Tish1 Plus
8 32 5 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2014 10:21AM
First of all, please remember, that I am absolutely, well and truly, no expert and more importantly, I wasn't there at the time.

I think you have answered your own question and that is to change your position. The bush in the foreground, unusually, is possibly a hinderance to this image and I don't think the way the mist has fallen has done you any favours.

However, assuming the following is possible and not knowing the lay of the land or any potential pit falls; I would have possibly shot from the angle of the long shadows into the higher bank of mist and if I was really lucky, I would have kept that wonderful light and colours of the main tree offset against the bank of mist.

In an ideal world, just the tree and the mist because the light on the tree is magic, it has a wonderful shape and dark contrasting leaf colour, although, a mere hint of the other trees could give it a nice spooky atmosphere. There are so many possibilities.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2014 12:05PM
From this position, think of the way that a crop can transform a composition. I would look for a square crop, ending just a very few pixels right of the tree, and so including a falling diagonal created by the edge of the foreground bush. That would give quite a contained feel.
Otherwise, wander around looking through the viewfinder, searching for a composition that works well on its own two feet. Remember that it doesn't matter what you exclude from the frame, it's what you include that matters. Keep it simple, look for strong shapes and a 'path' for the eye to follow into the frame.
I quite like the inclusion of the foreground vegetation, it tells us where we the viewers are in this, and it distinguishes between here and there.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2014 3:24PM
As the image stands, I would crop the left, removing all that blank space and some of the foreground vegetation. Otherwise, I think it's great.
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2014 4:42PM
Fine shot !!!.....nice arrangement with a great wintery aura !!

If it were mine, I'd crop 20% off the LH side, & 15% off the RH side.....ends up as a near square image
with the main tree on the RH 1/3rd !!!........but that's just me ????.Grin
Meditator 12 4 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2014 6:02PM
Thank you all for the advice and recommendations. I think I was heading in the right direction with my comments but the comments clarified my thinking and made it more explicit. On the day I could not move around readily to change position and was trying to make the most of where I was. I was to a degree flustered by the speed with which the scene was changing and should have rembered less speed more haste.

thanks so much.

Meditator 12 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2014 12:16AM
Sorry - delirium reigns -- more haste less speed. Smile


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