Image taken on the walkway at Godley Head on the north side of Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand
F11, 1/160s, ISO200, 18mm
Initial Thoughts & Plus Points
Since this photo is done as a 'high dynamic range' (HDR) photo, it has a specific look and feel to it. There are a lot of different opinions and views on HDR photography, but from my own point of view, it's a nice technique, especially when the scene demands the use of it. This photo surely did need HDR, as it was probably impossible to capture the sky, river and the walkway in one photo that would contain dynamic ranges of these elements. For this reason, it was a wise and a logical move to go for a HDR photo.
A good thing to include in a landscape photo is the different elements that are in contrast in terms of distance. To be specific, that means that our main object in this scene (the walkway) is the primary view, but at the same time, it's greatly backed up by an appealing secondary view of sky and the river which represent the background of this photo.
One aspect that makes this photo harmonised is that the colours don't stand out from the scene. What do I mean? Well, as we can see, the sky is a dark greyish colour so the pale yellow wheat is a perfect pairing for.