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Blue Gum Tree Sunset

This photograph of the Blue Gum Tree sunset is the third in the series taken during last month’s trip to South Africa. The first photograph was taken from a distance and the second photograph was taken from a closer range. For this photograph I moved up close to the tree line. Each of the three photographs provide a completely different perspective despite them all being of the same subject.

Photography purists believe that there are very specific composition rules that one must follow. You may have heard of the “Rule of Thirds”, “Balancing Elements” or “Leading Lines”. These rules of photography are based on general principles that create great photos. Sometimes though, the composition calls for the rules to be broken. What are your thoughts on “rules” as it relates to photography? I personally believe that we must follow our instincts and capture the photograph that best depicts what we are trying to convey. In this photo, I was trying to convey the uniformity of the plantation and how this is not part of nature’s order.

Blue Gum Tree Plantation
Blue Gum Tree Plantation

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/4, shutter speed at 1/8th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro.

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4 thoughts on “Blue Gum Tree Sunset”

  1. Story trumps rules. However I tend to want that rule breaking to be deliberate and not accidental. When done deliberately and well it can add to the narrative.

    You definitely communicate the crowding and not in nature feel with this shot.

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