Symmetry and Reflections (Montreal)

My exercise routine is simple. I go to the gym early in the morning and, in the evening, I go for an easy walk with my camera at the river. If I do not exercise in the morning, I usually go for a run in the evening without a camera.

The day I took the featured photo, I had a good workout in the morning and went for an easy walk. I brought my Fujifilm XT2 and the 10-24mm lens with me.

I was rewarded with perfect weather complete with beautiful clouds and zero wind. For Montreal Island, which is surrounded by the Saint Laurence River and lakes, quiet days without wind are rare occurrences.

I knew this was the perfect opportunity to photograph the reflections on the river.

Although the composition of the shot is not exactly symmetrical, the reflection of the clouds created an illusion of perfect symmetry.

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Hiking in Kodachrome Basin (Utah)

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.

Utah. Kodachrome State Park
Loc: 37.521560, -111.992315

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