Composition decision

Took this picture of a lone tree in a rape seed field near Stratford upon Avon on Sunday.  I cannot decide which format / composition I prefer from the following:



48 Responses to “Composition decision”

  1. Chillbrook

    I like the last picture the best I think Adrian. I decided on the final composition because in my opinion it gives a greater sense of space making the lone tree all the more significant but, the first picture is a very close second.

  2. Z

    I’d have to say the first one. It’s the presence of the foreground flowers that creates a long field of flowers for me, furthering the distance to the tree and contributing even more to the isolation of it. Love all the white.

  3. artblablablablog

    I have to go with 3 because it is more interesting without the horizon line directly in the middle.

  4. rondje

    I can see the difficulty, but its definitely 1 or 3 for me; I think 1 works even though the horizon is in the middle, for the same reason as Z said : more flowers and more space!
    3 gets a bit boring to the left, although the composition is better according to the ‘rules’…mmm, ok, 1 then!!!

  5. Angeline M

    Looks like it’s a toss up between 1 and 3 from comments. I’m in that group as well….I’m getting dizzy scrolling back and forth between them 🙂

  6. Lynne Ayers

    I like #1 but the thin line of dark at the horizon on the left tends to pull my eye left creating a conflict between that and the tree – imho if you lightened a tad that it would be perfect.

  7. Lois Farley Shuford

    #3 – and it would be interesting to see it in color. But I like the washed out B&W on this.

    • adrianpym

      I will have another look at the colour version, but I composed the shot firmly with mono in mind. Thanks Lois

  8. Adrian Lewis

    The bottom one is certainly the best for me, Adrian ->>> it could be even more letterbox – you could crop out half of that featureless sky and end up with a more dramatic composition.

    The center one has far too much featureless sky, and the top one is en route to the bottom one. Hope this is helpful. Adrian

  9. Jeremy

    #2 I like because it leads you from the foreground to the tree. The last one has a great sense of the size of the field; good job!

    • adrianpym

      Thanks Jeremy, you may be in a minority with number 2! I don’t dislike it but I prefer number 3 (I think!)

  10. Helen Cherry

    It depends if you want the emphasis to be the sky or the field? As I scrolled down I tried cropping the top photo to make a third sky and 2/3rds field and rather liked that.. it gives a sense of how big the field is and how far away the tree is and I think the thin black line on the left of the horizon really adds to that feeling of distance too.

  11. John Smith

    Hi Adrian, I definitely think Helen has the best solution. Number 1 with the slightly featureless sky cropped a bit. Its very nice the way the curving rows of flowers lead your eye around the contours of the undulating ground back to the lone tree. You could play around with the contrast and density of the clouds. Would it look better without that dark spot on the right at the horizon? You do need the dark line on the left as it balances the tree.
    Number 3 is gradually sinking out of sight, and number 2 has those dark contrasts at the bottom which draw your eye to a point where the photo is out of focus.
    An interesting problem to engage us. Thanks Adrian.

  12. unsouthernbelle

    I like the third one because it appears more isolated.It was interesting reading everyone’s opinions. Thank you for visiting my blog. Curious to see what you decide.

  13. speeddemon2

    The first image is the strongest due to the inclusion of the strong foreground. The vertical image lacks depth and the cropped image is too flat without the flowers to balance things. Just my opinion but that’s how I see it.


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