The Contrasting Nature of Isolation

Lone Tamarack

Lone Tamarack

One of the hallmarks of my nature landscapes is an isolated subject. In this case, I stumbled across this lone Tamarack Larch in full autumn slendor among the fast carpet of evergreens in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

I was with my parents vacationing in Canmore, Alberta when we took this drive. Once I saw it, I knew it needed to be preserved for future posterity. Well, at least preserved as it was emblazoned in my memory.

So, what makes such a plain and simplistic subject so powerful? This image has garnered a few first place awards. How? It’s just a tree. Well, this may be true, but it’s the context.

What happens here is that the contrast from bright yellow to dark greens is quite dynamic. The human eyes usually will focus on the brightest part of an image and that brightest part should be the main subject in most cases. Also, by placing this tree in the lower third section, it’s a natural flow because those of us who read English are accustomed to reading left to right.  I placed it low on the horizon to show the immense size of it that is seemingly diminished and lost among the firs if it were not for the autumn colour change.

I used the “rule of thirds” which derived from the ancient Greeks who discovered the pleasing effect of objects with a rectangular shape. When a picture is divided into thirds, it is often most powerful if the focus of attention is in the intersection of two of the perpendicular lines.

To further explain it, try to divide the photo into 9 even squares, two lines vertically and two lines horizontally.  Where the lines cross (there will be 4 of them) are supposed to be “power” areas of the picture where you should place the main subject. This is one of the “biggie” rules in good, strong photographic composition.

Moreso than just the composition, it’s the whole nature of the contrasting color that is overwhelmed by green but stands strong against it and demonstrates its seemingly superior beauty compared to it. It stands out. It dares the other trees to challenge it.

I hope you enjoyed my explanation of this photo.

To see this and more of my photos, please visit Images by Duskin.

Published in: on December 16, 2008 at 9:48 am  Leave a Comment  

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