On Utilizing Natural Layers For Effective Composition

By |2012-01-31T16:56:17+00:00Jan 31st, 2012|

So right off the bat, I had my tripod and camera perched over the top level of Crown Point, angled upward, disregarding the entire roadway below. I didn’t feel like it belonged in the image. Long story short – this did not work for me. The horizon cut through dead center of the frame and it just lacked any sort of visual punch. I stared at the image on the back of my LCD with LiveView and knew that it wasn’t worth a damn.

And then I pivoted the camera downward.

What did this do for the image? First off, including that little cameo of roadway allowed me to bring the distant horizon line further up to the top third of the frame. But it also added a new foreground layer and a natural one at that!

By angling the camera as I did, the roadway ( foreground layer ) created a natural leading line that caroms nicely onto the highway ( middle layer ) in the distance that caroms again into the Columbia River and terminates into the Gorge ( background layer ). It’s like a game of pinball for the eyes. That’s one of the best parts of photography – controlling where the eye should go and how it should get there. I was able to achieve this simply by tilting downward and incorporating a stronger foreground layer.

As for processing, I applied two textures found within +onOne Software Perfect Effects 3 along with blending them together (most visible in the sky). I masked in the Cyberpunkeffect onto the foreground roadway and highway to have them pop out with a cooler blue against the warmer colors of the nature scene. Finally, I applied a touch of FocalPoint 2 to draw focus onto the highway below.

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  1. Tamara Pruessner January 31, 2012 at 10:48 am - Reply

    A very effective image! I love the gold tones in this and you are right, the lines do lead the eye like a pinball machine.

  2. Ryan Lynham January 31, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    TILT I like it. : )

  3. Laurel Johnson January 31, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I like this it is so interesting this way!

  4. Judith Pichler January 31, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    wow it's just beautiful ??

  5. Bob Lussier January 31, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Very nice, Brian!

  6. ledimo zacharia January 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot….!

  7. Judith Pichler February 2, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    where is it??? i wanna go there it's just beautiful ;)

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