A classic way to make an image beautiful is to include motion and light at dusk, but you can add interest to these pictures by employing other visual elements. When I was in Lucerne, one of the places I absolutely had to include in my library of pictures was the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke). This is possibly one of the most recognizable architectural landmarks in all of Switzerland, but it’s been photographed so many times that I wondered how I might make a unique image. The answer came in the lucky timing of having a cloudless, full moon evening.
The temptation when photographing the full moon over a skyline is to put the moon where it belongs—in the sky. However, I decided to put the moon just behind the tower of the bridge, where it draws your eye into the image. In this situation, with city lights present, the moon would have otherwise been lost in the landscape, but using it as a lighting mechanism changes the entire feel of the image. Also, I used a slow shutter speed to make the surface of the lake smooth. The swan flapping its wings was just a lucky moment, but it keeps the composition dynamic.
Photo Tip: When photographing landmarks, try to use every available compositional and technical element to make your eye move about the frame. In this situation, if you took away the moon and the swan, it would be a less interesting image.
Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 24-205mm IS USM lens. Camera settings: 1 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250
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