Yesterday, I went for a walk to the Al Buehler Cross Country trail with my friend Teresa. We were going to an Indian buffet in the evening so we decided that we needed some exercising to get ready to devour some Chicken Masala and other spicy specialités. I have been taking golf classes with the Duke undergrads at the golf course by the Washington Duke Inn for a year, and Teresa had biked around the trail in the past so we knew the trail already. We could have gone to the Sarah Duke gardens, yes, but we were feeling like hiking on a trail rather than just walking around at the gardens. The Al Buehler trail offers amazing views of the green North Carolina’s nature. For instance, check this pound out:
The walk allowed me to play a bit with my new camera. Since the trees are so tall that it is almost impossible to photograph them completely when walking on the trail, drawing attention to their height by placing the pathway at the very bottom of a photograph makes a picture more attractive, especially if people are included like in this picture:
On the other hand, if one wanted to highlight the length of the pathway instead of the height of the trees, one would need to make the trail cover most of the space of the photo so that the trees become just a secondary part of the composition:
The jogger with the dog indicates that both pictures were taken from the same point. However, the perspective and the meaning of the photographs are completely different. In the first photo, remarking the height of the trees underlines how insignificant a person can be compared to the environment of the trail; the second photo, on the other hand, remarks the long way the jogger and the dog have already gone over, and the curve towards the upper left side of the frame suggests that they their journey will still go on.
As you can see, depending on what parts of the same view you underscore, diverse meanings can emerge from your photos. Be playful and experiment! Adding layers of meaning to your pictures boost their appeal!…