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Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Landscape Artist

Text and photography copyright Guy Tal

4. Create Juxtapositions

It is often helpful to enhance an element in the frame by posing other elements against it. These elements can share common characteristics or possess ulterior meanings that serve to create a more powerful impact. For example, a crumbling pioneer cabin posed against a mountain can enhance its wild and untamable nature. A small element in the foreground that bears similar characteristics to a remote feature of the land can enhance the image's sense of depth. In the Silver Island Mountains image, the rock edge closely mimics the mountain's contour. The strong texture and vertical lines in the foreground rock, posed against the soft light and horizontal lines of the mountain, help set them apart, creating a three-dimensional feel and prompting the viewer to compare and study the two.

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