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