I am working on a composition exercise to show rocks in their environment. The constraint being that the shape of the rock(s) should not be the focus, but they ought to be like point elements and that the overall composition should be pleasing. I have now identified three or four locations that I feel would work, but I have taken a total of like 4 shots because I cannot decide how to shoot. Here are a couple of shots from location #1:
The first was taken early in the morning, and second towards the evening.
For the first one, I was trying for a composition where the rocks provide an impression of holding/stiching the top and bottom half of the image together. I like the light and shadows in the photo, and the rocks stand out a little in colour, but something about it keeps bothering me. I don't know what though.
In the second one, I feel the tree/bush in the center competes with the rocks in being the main element, and the shot itself is ordinary.
So, do you think this location has potential? How would you shoot it? If it helps, the rocks face west.
About "points", this is what the book "photography-the art of composition", that I reading, has to say:
Although the geometric point is invisible, when doing the exercises you can consider
a point to be any object that occupies a small compact portion of an imageA point is dominant if its importance to the subject matter and its position in the image
determines the overall effect of the image. An example is the placement of a flower head in a
floral arrangement. In such cases, the composition is constructed around the dominant point.