Saturday, March 21, 2009
Improving Photos with Perspective and Size Relationships
In February I went to Kauai, Hawaii. I can't wait to return to that "Garden Island." You'll see more images in future blogs from this beautiful and diverse paradise that has been the background for dozens of Hollywood movies. My wife and loved the more relaxed and less commercial feeling of this island.
When I photographed these Giant Fig Trees Roots (Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) a Banyan tree native to Australia), I wanted to emphasis it's massive roots. Their size and sprawling nature were accentuated by forced perspective, achieved through using a wide angle lens (17mm, or 24mm equivalent). Including the round lava rocks in the foreground also adds interest.
The image still doesn't communicate how massive these roots are until a known relationship is add to the image. When I saw a couple posing for a picture, I asked them to stay a minute longer and keep looking at the man who was taking their picture, while I compose a different image of them. Using the same wide-angle perspective, I included them near the top of the image and to the right (following the "rule of thirds"), tucking them between two huge roots.
Their size relationship to the trees really makes the image speak for itself.