How I see design and compositional elements within an image

by Douglas Hoffman on May 13, 2012

While leading a workshop this week, I trudged off the beaten path hopeful too find still water and a reflection. I found this small bridge and stream and found my way to a location that allowed me to use the foliage as a fore ground element and serve as a diagonal line and draw the eye into the image.  The stream itself  has repeating diagonal line where the water meets the shore.

The line in the background where the bridge is forms a subtle but additional diagonal line, which happens to be the natural exit point of the image. Once the eye enters the image, it is drawn to the bridge located in upper left third, then flows like the stream through the image.

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