This was an exercise in dividing the frame into two or more distinct areas. A scene with a strong horizon was required and having selected a view I then shot a series of potential ways to frame the scene in a way to potentially capture the elements in a photograph.
This takes the framing to one extreme. With the horizon close to the top of the shot the texture in the recently harrowed ground dominates but on reflection, the shot doesn’t look balanced and the sky looks almost pointless (and over exposed). Probably would have been better with no sky at all.
By introducing more sky, a 1/4 sky and 3/4 field, balance feels better and the hedge starts to to draw you in. Lots of texture from the field which is one of the key points of interest. I like this shot because te texture of the field balances the simple sky.
Almost at the other extreme, lots of sky, probably 3/4. This looked great in the viewfinder because of the sky but actually doesn’t look as rich here, probably a bit over exposed in the top right. The impact of the lines in the field has been all but lost, the field just looks flat and the hedge doesn’t draw the viewer in as I hoped it would.
This is better, the field comes more into the frame, the hedge line starts to pull the viewer in again.
This is a 60/40 view in favour of the field. This for me is the most effective shot at capturing the field texture but the impact of the hedge is compromised by being chopped too far into the shot.
My favourite shot, I like the height of the hedge running the the full extent of the vertical axis, enough of the field to get the lines and texture all then offset by the clear sky. The frame is nearly 50/50. All the elements are in place, field, sky and the hedge which along with the lines in the field, pulls the viewer in almost like an arrow.
Another fascinating exercise, without moving position, changing lens or even focal length the framing of the shot can be changed dramatically and the impact of each element changed significantly, most noticeable for me was the impact on the hedge.