Does An Image Need A Main Subject?


Sunrise along Highway 48 west of Moorefield WV. Taken with a Nikon D3S & a Nikon 70-200 f4. 

When I went to post this image to my Flickr page the other day I had to stop for a bit to think if this image was really worth posting. While it had a lot of really interesting stuff going on within it such as the wonderful sunrise color, the fog, the mountains, it didn’t have any one main subject.

When I was composing this image I obviously was captivated by all of the elements within the scene, but I was especially captivated by the shapes within the landscape itself. There are such strong diagonals running throughout each layer and that is what draws me into this image even without a main subject. So for me, I think this is one of those images that is a rule breaker. What do you think, does an image need a main subject to be good?

Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Does An Image Need A Main Subject?

  1. I like this interesting photo and it holds feelings and atmosphere! So fascinating it could be enlarged to study. Poetry could be written using this as inspiration. ~ Robin
    Have I told you I am on Instagram as @robincochran55 ? 🌻 💮💐


      1. You’re so welcome! I blogged for 6 and a half years and now do simpler posts on Instagram. If you ever want to see how to go from five readers to over 3000, it was an incredible experience. I am not like some who was expecting more than a handful! Take care and keep up the lovely photos and thoughts.


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