Visual Balance

This was taken at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. It’s a simple composition but that’s why I feel it works so well, less is indeed more!

Size comparisons are always a great compositional theme but there’s always a bit of a balancing act to get the composition to work. When including a human figure in a environment composition, you have to account for the unusual balance that happens as figures always grab so much of the viewers attention. To counter that you need to have something with a lot of visual weight to balance the frame. In this case I used a very large tree that takes up almost half the frame. The figure’s gaze into the branches also helps move the viewers attention away from the main focal point and let the viewer wander around the frame. So with just a couple of elements I created something a little interesting.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/250, f/4, ISO 200


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Terry Schmidbauer: