I have mentioned this before: the need to have your audience piece things together themselves.
One way is to use selective depth of field. Like in this snap from a recent outing in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park:
You see the apple first, then a blurred out view of the photographer, then you figure out what it is, then you slowly see what’s happening.
This snap also shows the benefit of wide angle lenses. As does this:
Depth! And I also used a bit of flash, with a half CTO gel.
And one more, finally: colleague Joseph Marranca in the park at the lookout point. Also shot with a little fill flash with a half CTO gel, with the camera’s white balance set to flash. After first exposing properly for the background, of course.
What we are doing there? tracing out the route for the upcoming Nature Walk course!
All those shots were taken with a wide angle lens. Wide meaning 16mm (or 10mm if you have a “crop factor” digital camera, i.e. one that is not “full frame”). Wide angles rock.