Subjects don’t always need to fill up the entire image area. In many cases, their surroundings are a critical component of the scene.
This image of a small hoverfly in the middle of a lavender field works for a variety of reasons. The color contrast between the various purple tones of the lavender blossoms and the black-and-yellow pattern of the insect is striking, for starters. Another key effect arises from the horizontal orientation of the bug’s body within a scene otherwise dominated by diagonals. What makes this particular image so successful in my eyes is that it ...