Foregrounds and Backgrounds

June 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I've mentioned several times on this blog that "foreground interest" is important for any landscape image.  By that I mean that a landscape photo should include some object in the foreground -- ideally some interesting object -- to balance with the (presumably) gorgeous landscape in the background.  This adds depth and perspective to the image.

This concept also applies, in my opinion, to more isolated landscape shots -- meaning, images that are framed around a single object in the distance, like a single mountain, for example, rather than a sweeping landscape encompassing a full mountain range.

Why do I bring this up?  Mostly because I like to blather on and on about photographic subjects.  But also because it pertains to the images below.

In these images, two approaches are seen.  In one, the foreground interest is in focus, while the background landscape (an "isolated landscape", as I described above) is out of focus.  In the other, the reverse is seen.

First, the image with the foreground in focus:

 

Red Rocks With Foreground Tree #2Red Rocks With Foreground Tree #2An out-of-focus red rock butte near Sedona, AZ with an in-focus tree in the foreground.

 

Next, we have an image (of a different scene) with a somewhat blurry foreground, and the background in focus:

 

Red Rocks With Foreground Tree #1Red Rocks With Foreground Tree #1A red rock butte near Sedona, AZ with an out-of-focus tree in the foreground.

 

Which do you prefer?  In other words, which image do you think is more "pleasing to the eye"?

Personally, I prefer the foreground to be in focus (the first image).  But let me know what you think.

(FYI, when properly framed and focused, there's no reason why both the foreground and the background couldn't be in focus.  That's tricky to do sometimes, but certainly possible.)

Both of these images were taken near Sedona, AZ -- beautiful "Red Rock Country".

 

 

 


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