It’s all about the Foreground
The other day I was looking around on Google+ and I saw this image of a beautiful sunrise. It had great color, great reflection and great clouds. Well on the right hand side was a tree, and then a whole bunch of muck. As soon as i saw it i lost all interest in the photo. My question is this, why do photographers find it a necessity to always have something, a rock, a stump, a grass batch, something in the bottom corner as foreground for a lead in when in fact that lead in SUCKS!?
Take the above image. It has color, reflection, some clouds and no lead in. Yes it has the silhouette of a tufa on the side but it’s not a lead in. It’s more for understanding of what kind of place it is. The image works without that stump or rock. Believe me there were a couple when I took this. The point I’m trying to make here is please don’t ruin a great opportunity for a shot with adding some debris in the corner because you see everyone else doing it.