Beach sunset near Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Canon 30D, 17-40 f/4L, ISO: 200, aperture: f/22, shutter: 1/2 second, tripod: yes
When I look at a photograph I try to analyze why I linger with a particular shot or what causes me to look harder, before I move on to the next photo. In other words, I ask, what are the elements of a photo that I like, or don’t like? With the photo above, I’m immediately drawn to the texture in the foreground sand. My eyes stay there for a while and then follow a circuitous path to the starburst around the sun. Then, I back track to the reflection of the clouds in the shallow water on the left side of the photo. All in all, I like the photo well enough to post and discuss.
- Foreground elements are important when making a good landscape photo.
- Accentuate foreground elements by using low angle light, e.g. setting sun versus mid day sun.
- Use a small aperture, in this case f/22, to maintain good depth of field and create the starburst around the sun.
- Finally, the photo follows the classic rule of thirds for composition. That seems to work with this photo.