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  #166 Balance: A Composition Tool
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out of the mist       ©2015 elliott
Panasonic DMC-FT5       12th place, 74 points
1/400s, f5.4, ISO 100, 75mm, Landscape, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: crop, resize, maybe contrast adjust.       Extra Info: heavy fog on the water that morning. not trying to push the envelope as some may look at this as unbalanced. i hope there is enough color in the moss/seaweed covered log to give some balance to the composition.
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Dec 21, 2015
    thanks for looking and commenting (and voting). i was looking for a different shot when i went down there but couldn't get an egret to stand on the log. i just liked how the heavy fog blended so well with the water.

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Dec 21, 2015
    A beautiful photograph and well balanced

Jade O.
Dec 20, 2015
    It is balanced, but not quite the impact it promises. Somehow the reflection on the left bothers me.

Dec 20, 2015
    I think that there is too much negative space to really balance the picture, maybe with cropping.

Dec 20, 2015
    Without the log, this image would be an excellent example of symmetrical balance. IMHO, the log adds very little to this image and almost seems out of place.

Dec 19, 2015
    I don't feel that the log adequately offsets the structure. I think if it were closer in to it, with a narrower crop, it might have worked well.

Dec 19, 2015
    Very nice balance. I'm guessing that this is some sort of lighted "Xmas tree" holiday decoration, seen on a gray day with the lights off (?). If so, it might be better shot at night lighted.

Anthony Comyn
Dec 19, 2015
    I feel it is somewhat balanced... The log helps and also doesn't help. It is a little small to balance out the main subject which I am guessing is a floating christmas tree (could be wrong). But if the log wasn't there then the emptiness might have balanced. But because the log is there my eye is drawn to it but it is not very interesting so I it is almost irrelevant. I am not sure what you meant by "maybe contrast adjust"? But regardless, this image needs more contrast.

Dec 19, 2015
    IMO, Simple and very effective. The log has a strong pull on my eye.
In my shortlist.

Dec 18, 2015
    I feel you did a good job in balancing your capture, you do have the symmetrical balance on left side.

Dec 18, 2015
    this is an interesting and engaging shot to look at. And, well, no, it's not the color IMO that gives it balance, it's the asymmetric size and the two tips (real and reflection) with the log that forms a nice triangle. Probably would have given the larger object a bit more space above and below.

Dec 18, 2015
    the balance here is a triangle but not quite the small off right subject is too small and the colour faint.
had you moved further to the right and lowered your POV

Dec 18, 2015
    I actually find the log to be more of a distraction. Empty space can be a balancing element. I expect low contrast in a foggy scene but I think it cold be brighter.
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