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Paihia

This landscape photograph was shot in Paihia, New Zealand. The photographer noticed how the shapes in the large cloudmass echoed some of the shapes of the silhouetted hills just below it, and how the wispy clouds added a contrasting visual element. It was taken with a digital point–and–shoot camera.

Reading the Photograph: Guiding Questions

How does this landscape photograph break the Rules of Composition?

This photograph is divided into three sections stacked one on top of the other, and each contains different colours and textures. How has the photographer achieved a sense of balance in the image?

Why does the land appear silhouetted? Do you think the image would be more or less interesting if the trees and houses on the hill were clearly defined? Or if it were a black and white image?

What do you 'see' when you concentrate your view on the upper half of the image? How do you interpret this photograph?

Learn about Ansel Adam's landscape photography

http://www.anseladams.com/

Learn about Alfred Stieglitz's series of cloud photographs — Equivalents

http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Alfred+stieglitz
http://www.geh.org/fm/stieglitz

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