Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Apply your scenic vision to capture unforgettable skiing and snowboarding shots
Search for engaging foreground elements that will grab the attention of the viewer and complement the skier in the scene. These foreground elements run the gamut, from a well-placed rock or mountain feature to simple contrast between sunny and shaded snow. While the skier remains the anchor in your image, this foreground element can create good visual tension and add drama to the image.
Winterscapes are often shaped and sculpted by wind and weather, making for interesting linear formations in the snow. These formations can serve as perfect leading lines, taking the viewer directly from the foreground of the image to the ski action itself. Search for cornices, runnels, shadow lines and other linear features to add depth and scale.
Tied closely to the use of leading lines is where one places the athlete in the image. If you incorporate leading lines in your image, be sure that they’re leading to a well-placed skier in one of the aesthetic “thirds” intersections we’ve all learned about in elementary scenic composition. Rules certainly were made to be broken, however. Don’t be afraid to experiment and throw traditional composition out the window!
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