It always amazes me how the smallest changes in composition can make vast differences in photographs. Here's a good example.
I was walking in the deserted park near our house and was intrigued by the shadows cast on the crisp snow by the leafless, hibernating trees. Because the snow had fallen two days earlier, there were footprints from people who had rushed through the park in the subzero weather. And holes in the blanket of white crystals from clumps of snow that had been resting in the silent trees, but were blown by the icy winds to the ground below.
I pulled my Ricoh GR to my eye and shot this first image.
I liked it, but was instantly aware of two areas. The first was at the top right, where the two trunks of the tree overlapped each other. To my mind, it created a very heavy presence that pulled my eye to that portion of the photograph. The other areas was at the top left, where it felt like there was too much space between the left edge of the image, and the first tree trunk. I decided to make another image to address those concerns.
The change was slight, but I moved to the left. By doing so, I opened up some space between the two trunks on the right so they no longer felt as imposing, and at the same time widened my field of view so the trees on the left moved closer to the edge of the frame.
When I look at the second image, it is easier for my eye to go to the small branch in the snow at the bottom and its relationship to the shadows next to it. Since that is what called me to the spot in the first place, I feel it is the more successful in portraying my intent. And by reframing, the composition feels lighter, and more balanced.
What do you think?