Roads - good or bad?

In a landscape, I think sometimes a road helps to draw the
viewer into the image. This may not be the best example,
but anything in the foreground that pulls you into an image
can't be bad. Any thoughts on the subject?

Posted by Barry Dickieson on Sat, 12/17/16 11:00
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Comments by Jeff Dye on Sat, 12/17/16 11:43

I think everything depends on the location and whether or not the road plays a big role
in the composition. In this photo you have some very majestic mountains and I don't
think this straight stretch of deeply shaded and straight road is a positive addition,
however, if you really like it at least remove the two posts on the right side. I strongly
disagree with your "anything in the foreground" comment." "Anything" covers
everything and just because some element, large or small, is in the foreground doesn't
mean the overall composition will work. If something in the foreground is weak then the
entire composition is weakened.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 12/17/16 14:52

I find for myself that a road (or highway) such as in your picture serves to create a sense of anticipation in the mind of viewer especially is there is a curve, or hill, visible along that highway which is the case here though with the heavy shadowing that hill is almost lost to the viewer. I find the road is complemented by the diagonal flow of the evergreen trees on the left. I would agree with Jeff that the two posts on the right side do not add to the image.

I do like the interplay of shadow and sunlight on the mountain slopes especially the shadowy face appearing just as one reaches the hill on the highway

Comments by Mark Vaintroub on Sat, 12/17/16 15:49

I like the image in general but at the same time I sort of agree with Jeff. That's why I played a little bit with the picture and hope that Barry will not be upset...

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 12/17/16 16:23

The sense of going over a hill along the highway is more evident in this image and furthers the sense of anticipation for what lay beyond.

Comments by Barry Dickieson on Mon, 12/19/16 19:29

Thanks Jeff, Jan and Mark for your feedback - all good points. I
agree. only foreground elements that help draw the viewer into the
image are constructive, otherwise they can be distractions. Roads I
guess can be either, and I agree that curves, particularly s-curves
can be pleasing additions.

Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 12/20/16 19:44

It's difficult to comment, overcome as I am by location envy. *grin*

Comments by G.B. SHETTLER on Thu, 12/22/16 11:06

Your image is titled Roads good or bad. Has road posts in it and show
the deep shadows that can occur in between heights. Mark changed the
image to another pretty picture and Jeff wants the post taken out. I
see way more long range viewing time with your OP as is. Your striped
foreground road pole compositionally creates a wonderful diagonal
abstract connection with that striping and the same striping in the
mountain. plus you have the striping with the road shadow play.
Sometimes I wonder what people really see ? LOvely Image - Barry