Considerations for landscape composition.

It is useful to divide your landscape scene into three as a guide to composing. This doesn’t have to be strict adherence to the rule of thirds, but is more elemental and conceptual. In other words, the rule of thirds refers to the placement of lines and objects in the scene, but this tutorial is more about composing a scene with 3 subject elements or 3 subject concepts.

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Three elements; rock, water and sky, the depth of the image brought about by simple composition shows the interaction of the 3 elements. The way the rock was placed by the force of the water – originating in the clouds perhaps.


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Lets look at a conceptual example with this piece of Glacial Ice on the Beach…
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Three stages of water; clouds, Ice, Sea. conceptually this shows the water cycle from clouds to glacier, from glacier to sea, from sea to clouds. You could also consider three elements; sun, water and sand. The black sand represents basalt volcanic activity and the presence of glacial ice suggest explosive potential. Bring the sun into play and we have 3 forms of energy; solar, geothermal and hydroelectric.


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