Use Good Nature Photography Composition With Ugly Subjects
Here’s a similar subject with a curved shape that I attempted to photograph in an interesting way. Take a look at the composition I chose and try to ignore the subject matter itself. It’s hard to do, but give it a try. Is it balanced? Does it use the rule of thirds or have any leading lines?
Try using a few digital photography tips with not so beautiful subjects first. This practice will automatically make all of your photographs a bit better.
Let’s look at this photo of the fallen log, taken at White Clay Creek State Park in the state of Delaware. Photography composition rules used:
- Diagonal line coming from an edge near a corner.
- A Leading Line toward the subject.
- Placement of center of interest using the Rule of Thirds
I’m not sure if this is an attractive nature photo or not. Being a Nature Nerd I was fascinated by two things about this log. The almost finger like root system at the bottom of this log surrounded by the grassy vegetation. It almost resembled a hand grabbing a wad of green steel wool.
Secondly, the split in the trunk was shaped as if purposefully done to transform itself into a canoe for floating down the White Clay Creek. So, we accomplished a good composition, even though the subject was perhaps not so usual.
The two photos above of the information center on the Tri-Valley Trail in Delaware show the importance of choosing the right perspective. The photo on the left is composed better than the photo on the right. On the left I had a more distant perspective, which included the path of the nature Tri-Valley nature trail coming in from the right and curving toward the bridge in the distance.