Details do matter

Sometimes, it’s the tiniest thing that makes an image work. I’ve banged on before about how a sunset sky often makes a boring image even though it was lovely to behold, and such a photo usually needs something pretty definite in the foreground to be compelling. We’ve had a spell of settled weather and several nights of spectacular red and orange skies, so last night I was inspired to go out after sundown and see what I could do.

I made the most of the power lines that straddle the back field, walking round till I got the evening star positioned just where I wanted it. It’s only a couple of pixels across in the finished web version, but without it, I think the composition would work a lot less successfully.

Power lines and evening star – geometry and colour

Sometimes sky alone can work if the clouds are interesting, but I think this is not as successful: