I took the featured photo in Kodachrome State Park while hiking one evening along the Grand Parade Trail. The weather was perfect with thick white clouds serving as a giant diffuser to the already soft evening light.
I hiked somewhere between 2.5 and 3 hours and did not see another person the entire afternoon. It was absolutely perfect.
Recently, I published a series of articles dedicated to the topic of composition in photography. Today’s photo perfectly reflects how I approach the artistic side of photography.
My goal here was to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional photo. First, I identified the foreground (the vegetation and log), the midground (the tree and rocks), and the background (the distant mountains and sky).
Next, I aligned the burnt tree according to the rule of thirds. Finally, I made sure the hiking trail served as a leading line inviting the viewer deeper into the composition.
Plus, the color contrast between the blue sky, the orange rock, and the green vegetation was absolutely breathtaking.