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Problem picture #3

What's wrong with this picture?


What's wrong with this picture?
What's wrong with this picture?

This seems like a nice picture, but it leaves something to be desired.

WHAT IS IT?

Improper framing. The photographer would have done better to sacrifice some of the foreground to gain a more complete view of the falls. The center of interest is the waterfall, and the least interesting element is the ocean surface. Yet, the photographer emphasized the ocean by placing so much of it in the composition, and cut off the upper portion of the falls. The viewer is left to wonder how tall the falls are.

The picture is incomplete. The foreground is too “empty” when there is so much going on in the background. After all, the falls are the dynamic attraction, and they are underplayed. The contrast between peacefully-anchored sailboats and tumultuous water in the scene is not properly presented, and a slight change in framing would have made all the difference between a mediocre picture and a truly memorable one.

The photographer had another option. By moving back (or zooming out with a zoom lens), and turning the camera ninety degrees for a vertical shot, all of the elements could have been included in the picture in a balanced composition.

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