Scenic Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains
Another super simple composition tool to use in landscape photography is to look for diagonals. Diagonals really add movement and energy to the frame and you can actually find diagonals almost anywhere. Streams, trees that are leaning or natural ridges are all great sources of diagonals. Lines are one of the most fundamental graphic elements of composition and you want to be able to find lines and then place them in the right location for the impact you want to create. For example, a horizontal line placed at the bottom third of the frame creates stability and a landing place and really grounds the image. Placing a horizontal line at the top third of the image usually means that your subject is not the sky and is some combination of elements below the horizon that you're leading your viewer through. But, when you use a diagonal you're really communicating movement and energy as the diagonal line pushes against the sides of the frame. Normally I don't like to have the line end in the corner but prefer to start and finish the diagonal on the opposing sides of the frame. Didn't quite work out that way here but given the severe angle of the terrain I was just happy to stay dry and in one piece!
Canon 5D MkII
24mm T/S lens
5 secs. at f/11, iso 100
2 image stitch in Photoshop