Cre­ate dy­namic com­po­si­tions

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

One of the best ways to cre­ate depth in a seascape is to ex­ploit fore­ground in­ter­est. Get in close to fore­ground el­e­ments with a wide-an­gle lens and they will loom large in the frame, with the rest of the scene stretch­ing away be­hind them. This cre­ates lin­ear per­spec­tive, which repli­cates one of the ways the hu­man eye per­ceives depth. On the coast there are plenty of op­tions for in­ter­est­ing fore­grounds: rocks, tidal pools, rip­ples in the sand and so on.

The key to strong com­po­si­tion when it comes to seascapes is sim­plic­ity. By keep­ing things sim­ple and ex­clud­ing any el­e­ments that are not fun­da­men­tal to the com­po­si­tion and are po­ten­tially dis­tract­ing, com­po­si­tions are kept tight and it is eas­ier to di­rect at­ten­tion onto the key el­e­ments in the frame.

The log­i­cal ex­ten­sion of sim­plic­ity is min­i­mal­ism, an ap­proach which works ex­tremely well with seascapes. Rather than link­ing a back­ground sub­ject with fore­ground in­ter­est, leave your sub­ject sur­rounded by neg­a­tive space. Long ex­po­sures com­ple­ment this ap­proach, as they re­move sur­face tex­ture from the sea, sim­pli­fy­ing the scene fur­ther.

Fol­low these sim­ple guide­lines to cre­ate eye-catch­ing scenes

get­ting in close to fore­ground in­ter­est with a wide an­gle cre­ates a dra­matic per­spec­tive sub­tle lines in the fore­ground di­rect at­ten­tion into the frame a 45-sec­ond ex­po­sure smooths the sur­face tex­ture of the sea, sim­pli­fy­ing the com­po­si­tion the re­flec­tion in the fore­ground dou­bles the im­pact of the colour in the sky


Lin­ear per­spec­tive

a dra­matic demon­stra­tion of lin­ear per­spec­tive as the near­est rocks loom large in the frame

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