I was on a small village called Valle Maria in Entre Rios, Argentina when I took this photo. Surely it wasn't the most lively village I've ever visited but Valle Maria has one of the most beautiful country side sunsets I've ever seen. In the early sunset phase I found myself standing in the middle of stunning colors created by the natural orange light the sun gave and everywhere I looked around was like God was painting at that moment as the colors of my landscape changing before my own eyes. Like all sunsets, it only lasted for a few minutes before it got dark.
I took out my Nikon D70 and started taking pictures. I wanted to take HDR but I did not have my tripod with me and most of my efforts trying to take HDR failed because the alignment of the 3 frames was incorrect due to hand shakes so I decided to take one last shot using the auto mode. I knew it was the safest thing to do and experimenting on camera setting would take a few minutes and I might lose the opportunity to take the shot because it was our last day in the village. In spite of the panic and adrenaline rush, I knew that I had to at least apply one of the basic rules of photography to bring home with me a photo that not only would remind me of the village but also something that I can be proud of when showing to my friends and family. So what are the few basic rules of photography? Lining and proportion. Sometimes what makes a photo good is how you frame your lining. It almost doesn't matter what the object is but with the correct lining you would probably get one or two compliments of your photo. If you see the lines of the road, the wooden fence, the horizon and even the lines of the grass itself, your eyes is not stressed out trying to find what to concentrate on. Instead it has a pattern to follow and details to comprehend. The other rule I mentioned was to be proportional. In this case the horizon was my guide point to be proportional. As the sky was empty, I did not want to concentrate on the sky so I made 50% sky and 50% road and it's surroundings. My left and right is also important, on the left I have the lines of the road and on my right I have the electric wires. Therefore my end result, my up and bottom is proportional and so is my left and right.
Practice framing your lines and also try to be proportional, in some tight situation like this it might just make a difference at the end of your day or travel.