Flow in landscape photography

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07/03/2014 - 12:10

 

Flow in landscape photographs gives the opportunity to create a sense of 3-dimensionality to the 2-D plane of a photograph and to invite a journey into the depths of a scene.

 

 

I offer some ideas to consider within compositions:

 

 

 

Diagonals

 

 

 

 

S-curves

 

 

The s-curve was a popular element in Rococo fine art painting, much admired for its serpentine grace and flow.

 

Mountain Landscape with Shepherd (1783)

Thomas Gainsborough


 

S-curves can occur naturally as in the case of a meandering river; the swerving ridge of a sand dune; the clifftop edge of a plateau.

 

 

 

 

In the case of the image below, this S-curve is partly natural (the first arc), then implied by compositional elements of prominent sunlit rounded lumps in the middle distance of the reef & the conjuction of the Thurlestone and the smaller pointed rock as an end point of the S-curve’s path.
 

 

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The one below needs a bit more imagination, but I felt that I could see a reverse S-curve in it.

 

 

 

Have a look at what lies before you from the grand vistas to the intimate 'inner landscapes' and see if you can find flowing connections between various elements. Sometime a combination of these ideas above (along with C-curves) can be present within an appealing scene.

 

 

 

 

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