The mist in the center of this scene and the near multiple triangular forms throughout the image help to make this work. Everything helps keep the viewers eye in the frame - an important aspect.

This special moment was taking place while on my way to photograph in Cataloochee Valley. Pulling the car over to the side of the road, I was able to get a couple shots off and then it was gone. The dark clouds help to hold the eye in the frame.

Raising the horizon as in Rule of Thirds, helps create a more interesting scene, and having a subject in the foreground that relates to the background is a proven winner.

Some Other Landscape Tips

  1. The Hyperfocal Distance, in optics and photography, is a distance beyond which all objects can be brought into an "acceptable" focus. Depth of field (DOF) is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image. Generally achieved by focusing 1/3 of the way into the frame. (the balance 2/3 should be acceptably sharp, as well).

  2. Consider using a telephoto lens to select a feature of interest on the landscape. Most landscape images include too much in the frame.