When I am photographing, I always keep my eye out for strong shapes since they tend to lead to strong compositions. Any shape will do: circles, squares, triangles, curves.
During my last visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California, I went back to a place I had been before, Jumbo Rocks, where there are all kinds of interesting rocks to photograph. But there was one rock in particular that intrigued me: a round rock balancing between some diamond shaped rocks. You can see my first photograph of it here.
Building on the shapes idea, I like to photograph what I think of as the echo of a shape. That’s where your main subject is a particular shape and then there is something in the background that is the same shape. This isn’t a formal type of composition or anything! I just got this idea while thinking of music one day and how the chorus is repeated, and I wondered if I could do that in photography by repeating shapes.
I had great fun scrambling over the rocks trying to find one that was just the right shape where I could put my original subject in the background.
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To me, this photo is more interesting than the original because of the repeating shape.
Later, I found a third rock to put in front.
I can never decide which one I like best!