Bridge from the RightKnox Farm State Park, East Aurora, NY Out for a New Year's hike to walk off some of the holiday calories, get a doze of fresh air, and get some new photographs early in the year to get the creativity going. The location was pre-meditated this time, however, I was not sure how it would work out as I was hoping for a fresh dose of snow, which did not happen. However, that created a great opportunity for a juxtaposition of two seasons - fall and winter. The path was mostly icy and white while leaves were clearly showing in the woods all around adding an unusual dose of color to the landscape.
I tried various tripod heights but decided to stay away from a low perspective as too much of the sky was showing through the trees taking focus away from the path through the woods and the fence-lined bridge.
I also did my usual left and right and back and forth dance to alter the perspective, along with working the zoom to keep the intended framing. I started with an angle on the right side that caught my eye first as I approached the bridge, after a few steps back again watching not to show too much sky. I used the tree on the left along with the fence to frame the scene and send our eyes wandering down the path across the bridge.
Bridge Head OnKnox Farm State Park, East Aurora, NY Then a few steps to the left a different perspective showed the foot bridge head on. I still liked the tree though and since this angle showed the tree's curves better I left some space to the left of it too to let its features stand out more. From this vantage point there was no sky fighting for attention. And while much has been written about not centering your subjects in photographs I quite often do just that, as in this photograph, and like the result!
So what next? As you might suspect based on how we got here, a few more steps to the left were needed to close out this trio of photographs. For the final photograph, more elements entered the scene to transform the view. The logs on the left were arranged as a fan further pointing the way and I also like the obstructed view. That seems to be a trend for me lately, hiding the true object of my photographs behind vegetation and other objects.
Bridge between Winter and Fall, Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, NY
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