Fire on the Horizon, (North) Sand Lake, Wisconsin
Where to place the horizon? There are many “rules” regarding the placement of the horizon in a landscape image such as this, but I say, “place it where it looks best.”
I was not thinking that the sunset on this evening in early June would be anything special. The sky was almost clear except for a few low slung clouds on the horizon, but after the sun dipped below the clouds and out of view, the clouds suddenly came alive – they were on fire. And with the contrast of the clear blue sky above, it made for a very nice image. I used a wide angle (24mm) lens and placed the horizon very low to emphasize how the clouds were hugging the tops of trees across the lake. I also wanted the thin line of red, orange and yellow clouds to contrast with the blue sky above. This image certainly would not have worked with horizon placed higher, exposing more of the featureless lake surface.
So, rules are fine – but trusting my eyes and experience works for me…