This week, Amy invites us to explore framing, which is at the very heart of photography. It’s the little voice that pops into our heads when we peer through the viewfinder and identify the subject. It asks us: “Why are you taking this shot?” “What is it that you want to show your viewer?”
Framing is a technique that helps us lead the viewer’s eye towards our subject. Framing can also reveal the details in the scene, and/or give an image depth by highlighting the foreground and background.
Frames can include shooting through foliage, through windows, arches, or doors, and down corridors or tunnels. In my collection this week, I’m highlighting shots which use different frames to “draw” the viewer into the scene. Which ones do you think are the most effective?
This “long” shot down a corridor in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin frames the image, and highlights the miserable conditions of prisoners during the Irish Rebellion. I was also hoping that viewers would be curious about this place and want to know more.
The Palácio de Queluz outside Lisbon was modeled after the Palace of Versailles. It functioned as a summer home for Portuguese royalty. This shot through a series of doorways highlights the massive size of the palace and its opulence and draws the viewers’ attention through the doors to a series of rooms.
Fences and Trees
This shot draws the viewer’s eyes down the road to a covered bridge. The trees and fence provide natural frames in the shot and help guide the viewer’s eyes to the main focus of the image–the covered bridge.
Sometimes architecture can frame a shot. In this last image, I used the Sydney Harbor Bridge to frame the image and provide depth and context. I also cropped the image on the left so that the bridge was the main focus in the background and the tourists in the foreground.
Amy’s challenge has made me more aware of the photographic frames I’ve used in the past. It also reminds me of the importance of framing every time I take a shot. If framing is done correctly, it should make the viewer curious about the subject. Curiosity, in fact, is an important goal because it makes the image linger in the viewer’s mind and encourages the viewer to take a second and third look.
We hope you join Amy’s photo “conversation” on Framing the Shot this week. Please stop by Amy’s site to view her beautiful “framing” shots. Remember to link your post to Amy’s and tag it Lens-Artists to help us find it in the WP Reader.
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Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her blog for her next “shot” of creative inspiration. As always, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I thank you for your support of our challenge!