After a long gray winter, early spring in New York City’s Central Park is tantalizing. We enjoyed the glorious sunny weekend of April 20 with our daughters in the City. The weekend began with a delightful walk through Central Park from the southeast corner — Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, by the landmark Plaza Hotel. From that busy corner, we wandered the path going northwest to the lake and boathouse. Along the way, we found cherry trees in blossom. They looked beautiful as they surrounded this Art Deco lamp post.
Here is another view of the cherry tree and the lamp post that includes this graceful marble bridge in the background. These two photographs demonstrate how different viewpoints and lenses can provide a completely different perspective on a scene. The following photograph also contains a foreground, middle ground and background — traditional components of landscape photography as well as painting.
I also admired the willow tree. Its curvature adds grace to the scene that includes the lake and tall buildings along Central Park West. Ducks add visual interest, and the blue sky added pleasing coloration to the water.
In my landscape photography, I look for strong compositional elements that occur naturally. In the next photo, look at the curvature of the lake/grass border and how it embraces the lower part of the image. On the top of the photo, the branches of an unseen tree help to frame the top of the image. The pedestrians help to give the image scale and allow the viewer to visualize himself or herself in the scene. These compositional elements are concepts that I learned as I studied Baroque painting, but I apply them to my photography. When I see these visual elements come together in a scene, photography is fun. I say, “Yes!” Fortunately, my family has learned to be patient while taking walks with me and my camera.