Using Foreground, Middle ground and Background

Posted: June 4, 2011 in Blog
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Some time ago I watched Moose Peterson‘s class about Landscape Photography over at Kelby Training. He suggested using foreground, middle ground and background to your advantage. One or more objects in every part of an image. Not to put every possible thing to foreground but pick one or few more things that are interesting, important, that tell a story and exclude all other elements that take away from the story. Sounds very simple and for Moose it is, but for me it was quite a trouble.

First of all I found my element in foreground, an old brick wall that creates some boundries or restricted area and gives the image some structure. The middle ground is taken by river Vltava and background is filled with architecture and dominanted by a tower near Charles’s Bridge.

Anyway I think I made something wrong. Maybe wrong location, maybe bad vantage point, maybe bad composition, maybe everything togethere and something more as an extra. Conclussion? I must shoot more to get great images! 🙂 BTW Image was taken with my Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) with my new Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM on tripod.

Another view on Prague

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Comments
  1. Miroslav says:

    Budem trosku kryticky, teda ak sa nepohnevas 🙂

    Fotka by bola aj fajn, to rozdelenie na tri casti je tiez fajn. Len ja neviem co si vlastne fotil? Chyba mi tam jednoznacne povedace na co mam vlastne pozerat. A taktiez to vycentrovanie mi tam vobec nesedi. Neskusal si napr. urobit viacej detail na ten mur, a nechat pozadie rozmazane? Alebo opacne, rozmazat mur, a zaostrit sa prave na tu vezu. Alebo urobit fotku fakt zblizka, kde by ti jedna tehla zabrala tretinu fotky, a ten detail by pekne kontrastoval s mestom v pozadi.

    Inac pekny objektiv mas 🙂

  2. Miroslav says:

    Inac priklad na to co som pisal http://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/5038132063 , rozmazane pozadie, a fotka zaostrena na objekt v popredi.

  3. Garfield says:

    Za kritiku jsem vděčný, nechci, aby mi někdo mazal med kolem huby. Právě proto potřebuju někoho, kdo mi takto přímo ukáže na problémy.

    Snažil jsem se, aby v každým pásmu byl jeden subjekt, ale nakonec je toho asi až moc. Ještě mi chybí hodně zkušeností a když se zaměřím na jednu věc, tak pak nevnímám ty ostatní a podle toho ty fotky taky vypadají 😦

    Objektiv je to parádní, hlavně na portréty. Bohužel, zatím nebyl čas ho pořádně vyzkoušet, street foto dělám většinou se svým 70-200 a domluvit si focení není ted’ časově až tak jednoduchý 😦

    Díky za kritiku, musím se z toho poučit 🙂

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