I think scale is so important when setting the mood in photography.
This picture below, for example. I almost walked beyond the red truck on the left to fill my frame entirely with the front end of the gray car and the fire hose connector. It could have made a backdrop for a nice image, but I had scale on the brain.
This background below – to me – makes for a much better image. It’s almost as if the scale of the image is the subject. The size of the wall, the windows, the post, the wires, the red truck, the shadow, the blue sky. There are a lot of complimentary elements, and the scale is my favorite.
What elements do you look for when you make your images?