Composing images #3: layering

This is an image taken at Flinders beach, Victoria, Australia looking across to Phillip Island, home of the famous penguins. It shows the composition technique of layering.


Flinders, Victoria, Australia looking across to Phillip Island, home of the famous penguins..

Layering: the thorns in front, the grass and framing trees, the shaded rowing boat, the sandy foreshore, the deeper blue sea, the sailing boats, the glimpse of the island on the horizon are all layers that draw the eye in. There is a risk in layering of creating just a jumbled mess so each layer needs something to distinguish itself from the one behind it. This can be colour, contrast or brightness for example.

This is a High Dynamic Range composite of 5 images at 0.5EV exposure intervals. They were shot hand-held at F11, 1/30sec, ISO100, focal length 18mm. It was mid-afternoon on a windy winter day with full sun. The depth of field setting F11 is medium as I wanted the foreground layers to be more in focus than the background layers. It was put together and edited to enhance the individuality of the layers in Affinity Photo.

You can follow my blog at PLphoto.com.au where you can also find a higher resolution version of the image under Photos > Places, flora, fauna.

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