One compositional technique that this photograph uses is "Diagonal." The thick fallen tree to the left of the photo guides the viewers eye from the mid-left, down to the center, where there is a broken tree. One other technique is "Tell a Story." The photo presents a somber mood due to the broken tree, yet its surrounding of beautiful and vibrant nature brings about a calmness to the scene. The thicker tree to the left guides the eye to the center, and then moves it down to the bottom of the image through the movement of the river. The shutter speed was also slower (possibly 1/30 or slower); this gave the river a blurred effect.