Photo by Scott Bourne - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

If you want to help your photos get noticed – arrange your composition so that the viewer needs to work just a little bit to find the treasure. Here, there is one bright stand of orange poppies sticking out amongst an entire field of purple flowers. The eye is naturally drawn to the thing that doesn’t appear to belong. And that’s exactly what I am going for. You’ll also note the placement in the lower right corner of the frame – homage to the rule of thirds. Lastly – I shot with a long lens to compress the distance between the single stand of poppies and the lavender. When you combine composition tactics like this it helps the photo stand apart from the ordinary tourist shot of a field of lavender.

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