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Western Eye vs Eastern Eye

When shooting a photograph, one consideration is cultural.  We in the West read from left to right, while in Japan or Israel, for example,  people read from right to left.  That means when we shoot a picture, or look at one, how we interpret the composition can be affected by where we are from.

Take a look at the image above, and the one below and see what I mean.  In the image shown above, the composition may be more pleasing to us as westerners because we see the rock first as a leading line into the image.  But for someone who reads right to left, the image below might be more pleasing for just the same reason.  It's not to say that one composition is better than another, rather, it's fun to see how our background can affect our perceptions of images. 

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