In the previous post I combined multiple elements together, including fog, mountains, and the elongated portrait format.
Water is also an important and recurring element in Chinese Landscapes. But as I see it, it is one that highlights flow or movement within the frame, along with other elements that provide shape. In this example I have combined many of the elements from the previous shots (mountains, flog) with shape. The round shapes of the mountains provide a smoothness and tranquility. The inherent sense of perspective derived from a line cutting the tops of the mountains going from left to right. The foreground trees on the left complement the line of the mountain tops with a diagonal line across the tops of the trees. To the western eye these lines travel from left to right in a downward direction. The bird flying across the river, left to right, adds a nice touch.
In creating this picture I used:
- Lightroom: to establish the exposure, to dodge and burn (lighten / darken) the mountains to enhance the fog and thus the sense of depth; contrast and exposure to reduce the detail and further enhance the shapes in the picture
- Nik Silver Efex: to convert to black & white