The "near and far" challenge on the Daily post on wordpress.com touches upon yet another great technique to add interest to a composition. This is a technique I use often because it's a powerful way to contrast elements and to give a strong sense of depth and scale in a scene. As the post mentions, this is particularly useful in landscape photography. The photograph above is of a secluded beach on Union Island, part of the St. Vincent and the Granadines Islands in the Caribbean.
On arriving I was immediately drawn to the rock outcrop and decided to use it a device to give the scene a sense of secludedness. But taking a large part of the frame with it I wanted to illustrate a sense of discovery, like when you come around a corner and discover a beautiful place. I decided to focus upon the wave edge just ahead of me because that's were the eyes go first, leading down the beach, and than back to the rock formation in the foreground. The challenge was to find an fstop that would also keep the distance relatively in focus as well as the very edge of the rocks.