Foregrounds and Backgrounds

Fence in Fog
Frenchtown, Montana

 When composing pictures, we often overlook either the background or the foreground. Then we can end up with a background that distracts from the main subject or a foreground that is empty of interest. 

Here I moved close to the fence line that leads back to a tree shrouded in morning fog. The line of wires leads your eye from the foreground to the background, creating a sense of depth. And the sharp appearance of the fence posts contrasts with the faded appearance of the tree in the fog. So aerial perspective caused by the fog also enhances the feeling of depth or distance between the front and the back of the picture.

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