Thursday, December 19, 2013

Grazing by 43/21 Intersection -- Compos With 2 Elk

Compositions with 2 elk can be hard to get to look right. One strategy is to overlap the elk to kind of convert the picture to "2 gets you 1 subject". In this case, the biggest elk, Box is in the foreground, the smaller behind is behind him mostly, and mostly in the shadows.

Morning light cutting across the bodies of these animals animates their contours. I cropped this to a vertical 12x8 so that the tree would participate in the compo more effectively -- it reinforces the lines. It is pushed back, so the traditional rule concerned about it growing out of the elk has no meaning. In fact, in this case, it seems to point the elk. If I had cropped to 10x8, I don't think it would be as effective.

Arkansas Bull Elk
Make 2 Elk into 1 Subject by Association

1 comment:

  1. Hi, love looking at your elk pictures. I followed this site last year a little bit also. I live in Tulsa, OK. Always love nature/wildlife photography. Do you teach any workshops? Thanks, Amanda Winn


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