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Expert advice and tips on improving your photography

YOU CAN’T beat a misty morning for atmosphere on the river, and on this particular morning Karen made the most of the weather to create a beautiful silhouette of this chap out for a bit of exercise. Metering can be tricky in the mist and fog, as cameras see lots of white and brightness and want to close the exposure down to create a grey scene. Usually we have to open up a little to get enough light on to the sensor, but on this occasion the greyness has worked out very well, creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere that is untaxing on the eye.

There is a lot of space at the top and bottom of the frame that isn’t really adding anything to the scene, and which I think we would be better off without. Cropping to a widescreen format allows us to maintain the same sense of atmosphere, but it also lends emphasis to certain elements in the scene. Composing the image with more sky emphasises the emptiness of that sky, while angling down to include more of the river forces the viewer to appreciate the refl ections above all else.

Putting the rower in the middle of the frame, as Karen did originally, makes him overpoweringly dominant, while dropping the camera down just a little, I think, balances the requirement to see the rower with the desire to show off the refl ections in the water.

Also, taking the camera down so that the refl ection of the tree enters the frame in the bottom-left corner makes the most of a powerful compositional tool.

This misty-morning river scene makes for a lovely image, and Karen has captured it well, but we should always question the format we are shooting with and consider how composition directs the viewer’s attention

Tittle : Expert advice and tips on improving your photography

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