Once again, I have used lines to draw the viewer into the photo to the subject. The waves are powerful and draw one’s eye along the beach to the buildings. But are the buildings really the subject? Look at the size of the boulders in the forefront. They seem to be competing with the buildings. Both are actually man-made. But wait, the waves and the beach also compete. They say, look at me, while taking the eye to the buildings and the mountains with the housing subdivisions. Even the sky seems to be pointing to the mountains.
Notice the depth of field. Everything is in focus giving opportunity for many subjects to be studied. I could have blurred the background, or the foreground and, thus, change the whole photo. The rocks at the bottom take up about as much space as the beach, city and mountains, while the water and sky hold a similar balance with each other. However, the two that match are, in reality, so different in size. A photo can be deceiving. As for colour, the bottom of the photo is somewhat duller than the top, as if to say, follow the wave and see more colour. The path of the wave provides a feeling of life and power, that seems to diminish as one moves away from the strong, powerful rocks.
This photo was taken at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver looking west. You can see the neighbourhoods of housing up on the mountain. This beach is all man-made, as are the buildings and the houses, of course.