Foreground Objects

Brothers - Varina Patel

When we arrive on location, on of the first things we look for is a “foreground object”. We are looking for something distinctive. Something that stands out from the surroundings, and helps to define the area. In the finished image, that object will provide a sense of place, and a point of interest for the viewer.

Here are a collection of images with distinctive foreground elements. What does each object contribute to the composition? Can you imagine the photograph without that object? Do you think the image would be as effective without it?

The Red Dress - Varina Patel

The little red leaf in this shot provides a counterpoint to the bright yellows across the stream.

Iced - Varina Patel

The incredible details in the ice are gorgeous at Lake Erie in the winter – and getting up close and personal lets the viewer see the beauty in the details.

Cracked - Varina Patel

Sometime, a location offers a variety of unusual foreground objects. In this case, getting in close lets the viewer examine the unusual formations and gain a better understanding of what they are looking at. From further away, the unusual stones would be hard to understand and identify.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.