What a great shot from the 2000 Kananaskis Paddle Fest. Very dynamic and wonderful timing. I didn’t shoot this in burst mode. I shot one frame and nailed it.
The minimalist in me kind of wishes the rock and branch were not in the lower edge of the frame, but in reality these items do subtly frame the scene and give the viewer a sense of where they are in relation to the paddler — safe on shore.
I am a big fan of the rule-of-thirds composition method. It provides picture elements with breathing room and is nicely balanced. It also allows a lot of freedom in organizing scene elements both within the frame and in relation to each other. Aligning scene elements to the grid lines and or intersections often results in heightened sense of dynamic tension. The placement of the kayak and kayaker at the intersection of the upper left imaginary grid lines really seems to work. We can imagine the kayak having room to move forward around the nasty look hydraulic mess in the centre of the frame. Most digital camera have an option to display the rule-of-thirds grid overlay and I always have this turned on.