So many of my favorite images aren't an entire scene, but rather a window that focuses on the aspect that most appeals to me, and only implies the larger scene. For example, this scene I found last fall while scrambling among the rocks at the base of Bridalveil Fall: From my vantage point I could see the entire fall, but expanding the frame to include it meant shrinking the foreground and adding distracting elements in addition to the fall. So I left enough of the fall for my viewer to imagine the rest of it, and concentrated my composition on the part of the scene I found most interesting, the color-shrouded cascade beneath the fall.
In hindsight I realize that what I did here was unconsciously apply the photographic equivalent of Hemingway's iceberg analogy, which says 7/8 of what an effective writer knows doesn't make onto the page. It's a loose analogy, but I think it applies to photography in the sense that omitting select parts of a scene allows viewers (like readers) to fill in blanks that are outside the frame (or off the page). A good photographer takes advantage of the viewer's powerful imagination, an imagination that will exaggerate the majesty of an implied waterfall without diluting that vision with distractions that would invariably mar the actual scene.
* Website: Eloquent Images
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