Compose Yourself Photo Challenge-Week 21 Landscapes

By: sonofabeach96

Apr 30 2016

Category: Uncategorized


Time for another installment of the Compose Yourself Photo Challenge from Cee’s Photography.  This time, Cee’s challenge is for:


She requests we display 4-6 landscape photos and briefly discuss which composition rules we’ve applied in each.

Here’s my take on it:

This was taken on a ferry coming into Silver Lake Harbor at dawn.  The primary rules I applied here are balancing elements and the ever popular rule of thirds.  The primary focus is offset in the forward deck of the ferry, but is balanced by the distant image of the Ocracoke Light Station:


This is from Long Beach, MS, long before Katrina ravaged the coast.  This pier is no longer there, and neither is the house it belonged to.  I used what I refer to as a rule of perspective, looking from below the height of the pier and from an angle that fills the frame from left to right and gives the eye a leading line down the length of he pier:


This is from Bodie Island Light Station.  I utilized balancing and leading lines here.  The rule of thirds applies in a couple of areas as well, with the lighthouse, swath of green marsh grass, or the boys each being a potential focal point.  The boardwalk leads the eye to the lighthouse:


This is Ocracoke Light Station.  The light keepers house and live oak are the initial focus, but the leading line of the picket fence and the boardwalk draw the the eye to the real focal point, the lighthouse:


Here’s a shot from St. George Island at dusk.  This is all about leading the eye to a vanishing horizon.  The dark of the dune vegetation, and the angle of the edge line, lead to the orange spot of the setting sun, the intended focal point.  The angle and line of the beach, the water, and even the clouds, all lead the eye to the right and to the lone spot of orange:


This is from our driveway, sometime during some winter.  I can’t recall which.  It’s the first thing to go, right?  Anyway, I shot up the drive towards the house, but by changing perspective, kneeling and shooting from a lower angle, the perspective of the drive widens and initiates a leading line.  The eye is drawn along the path of the ruts leading to the house and barn and tree line.


There ya’ go.  Hope y’all like ’em.


My songs of the day are:

“Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters

“Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” by Lucinda Willams

“Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke

“All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix

“Saturday In The Park” by Chicago

“The Horizon Has Been Defeated” by Jack Johnson

“Big Wave” by Donovan Frankenreiter

“Days Like This” by Van Morrison



31 comments on “Compose Yourself Photo Challenge-Week 21 Landscapes”

  1. Gorgeous photos, as always!

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  2. You have some excellent descriptions of what to look for in your photos. Wonderful and insightful entry 😀

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  3. Those are great, you’re a wonderful photographer.

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  4. Really lovely. The pier one is my favorite. I have this challenge earmarked but I have to admit I’m a little intimidated by it because I won’t know what the hell I’m talking about! I just know what’s interesting to me.

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  6. I like your pic’s and enjoy the feedback you have put on each. 🙂

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  7. Amazing shots, well done! I loved the perspective of the field / barn especially. Just throw me into the trunk on your way up to Ocracoke!! 🙂

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  8. What happened to just take a picture? Didn’t realize there’s got to be some explaining on the hows and whys about each pictures?

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