All Styles of Wooden Fences: Definitely Not a Barrier to Creativity
by Kerry Drager
Fence at Sunset
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All Styles of Wooden Fences Provide a Surprising Array of Visual Possibilities.
Black and white or in full color, a fence can serve as a photo's star attraction - or it can make an important member of a picture's supporting "cast" of elements.
Besides a variety of compositional and lighting options, fences also make great year-round subjects. Look for them to enhance snow landscapes, spring/summer garden scenes, and fall foliage shots.
Photography Tips and Techniques
- Fill the foreground with your subject (as in Fence at Sunset), or use the rails to frame a distance scene (i.e., Country Church). The key: Zoom in, or move in, really tight on your subject.
- Use a distant fence to add background interest to a grand landscape.
- Focus on an intimate detail - for example, the texture of peeling paint or the colorful moss on a weathered fence post.
- All styles of wooden fences can serve as striking graphic designs - say, lines, repetitions, patterns, or curves.
In the low-angled sunlight of early or late day, the wood often glows in warm light. At the same time, be on the lookout for long and strong shadows, too.
For ideas and inspiration, stop by BetterPhoto's All Styles of Wood Fences Pictures, Brick Wall Pictures, Gates gallery.
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