Today, I'd like to take you for a tour of beautiful green spaces at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. This luscious countryside is only 25 miles from Manhattan, and I went for a lovely walk on a sunny day this week. The theme at Friday My Town Shoot Out! at http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/ today is the Rule of Space. This is a photography rule that suggests a more pleasing image can be created by giving the subject space in which to move. I experimented taking photographs of green space here by following as well as breaking the rule of space (and I couldn't resist the pun!). The first photo is the main building with a stone facade (hence the name, Stone Barns), which has been turned into an elegant restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located here and also in Manhattan. I placed the building to the left of the photograph and on a diagonal, so that more green space would be visible on the right, and there would be a sense of movement walking towards the building.
The second photograph is an image of the entrance to the court yard, which has a lovely red brick pavement. The entrance "tunnel" is open ended and made of stones and wood. I took the picture from this angle, so that the opening frames the countryside and creates space and a sense of perspective. Not to mention, there is a great coffee shop here!
The third photo is a panoramic view of the countryside, which I took as I was walking up the hill. There is a gorgeous stone wall all along this path. I took the photo slightly from an above angle, placing the tree on the left so that a larger view of the green space is visible.
As I was walking up the hill, I ran into three lovely ladies who were horseback riding. I took the photo as they were riding along the path, about to make a turn, but I centered them within the space. Because they are looking at the scenery in front of them, the viewer of the photograph is naturally drawn into looking that way, too. So space is created in front of the subject and you can enjoy the lovely green space over the hills.
Here, I broke the rule of space as I wanted to create a sense of movement away from the scenery as the lady is riding further into the woods. It's also a close-up shot with a blurry effect so that the subject and horse blend into the natural surroundings. How lovely, riding off into the sunrise! Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!