Really good photographs not only present a technically fine image to the viewer, but they should have emotional impact. I have included in this blog three images shot within minutes of each other of the same subject, each designed and processed for a different emotional impact.
The first image is designed to covey the joy of a walk down a country road on a fall day. Lets look at some of the factors that create that impact:
- Hi key image (somewhat) - highlights are allowed to blow out and the majority of the tones are on the lighter end of the scale. This creates an airy uplifting feeling.
- Vertical lines - the vertical lines of the tree have positive impact (as compared to horizontal ones).
- Diagonals - diagonal lines create energy and a sense of movement. The trees are at a slight diagonal in this image.
- Vertical framing - a vertical frame like any vertical lines in the image reinforces the positive feel.
The second image has a more subdued, moody and mysterious feel. Analysing this image:
- Low key image - most of the image is to the dark side - creating moodiness.
- Horizontal frame - horizontal lines or framing can make an image more subdued and tranquil.
- Post processed to emphasize the fog - fog adds mystery.
- Monochromatic - eliminating the bright fall colors again creates a more subdued retrospective image.
- Curved road - a path or road that disappears around a bend creates a sense of mystery. "What lies ahead?"
The third image conveys different emotions (shot again at the same time as the others). What do you feel when you look at it?