Foreground Interest

May 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I'm not much of a landscape photographer. At least not yet - but I'd like to get better at it.

One thing I do know is that a landscape shot should include some "foreground interest" - some object in the near ground that anchors the shot.

I happened to find two previously unpublished travel shots of mine that demonstrate that.

The first one, taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway, uses some plant life as foreground interest for the larger landscape in the background:

Blue Ridge ViewBlue Ridge ViewA landscape view from the Blue Ridge Parkway, with some plantlife in the foreground.


The second shot, taken at Middleton Place near Charleston, SC, uses a man-made object as foreground interest:

Middleton BackyardMiddleton BackyardThe "back yard" at Middleton Place, near Charleston, SC.


Your eyes tend to do the same thing in all shots like this. You look at the foreground object, then you look at the background landscape, then you look back to the foreground again.

Or at least that's the idea.




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