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Composition - Framing

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Framing - Photographic Composition
When composing a photograph, framing, can help draw the viewers' attention to the main subject. This photograph was taken during a little photosafari in the Australian Outback. After trekking for a few kilometers we crested a short climb into this v-notch and the view of Kata Tjuta was spectacular. I wanted to try and capture this feeling by framing the distant Kata Tjuta with the 'v' that was formed by this gap in the rock formations.

Hide a Boring Sky
During the photosafari in the Outback of Australia we were blessed (for photography - cursed for staying warm and dry) with a rare wet season for the desert. The passing storm clouds made spectacular backdrops for the amazing rock formations at Kata Tjuta. When the weather doesn't cooperate, giving you overcast, uninteresting skies that come out white and dreary looking in your photographs, you might look to framing. In the natural world overhanging trees can mask a dull uninteresting sky as was the case at Himeji-jo Castle in Japan.

Architectural subjects can use other buildings, archways, doorways and windows for framing. In both architectural and natural framed photographs, you need to consider if your framing element should be sharply in focus or blurred. In architectural work it's probably best to keep the frame in sharp focus, while in nature blurred works well. Experimentation and creativity will you help you avoid cliche images.

Compare and Contrast
Generally the framing element should be something that is complimentary to the subject. The valley created by the rock formations complimented Kata Tjuta in the distance. But framing doesn't always have to be complimentary, especially if you are trying to make a specific point with the frame. You may be trying to highlight a contrast between the natural world and the industrial world. Framing an industrial object with a natural element could be used to highlight a specific point. Let your creativity be your guide.

I think another photosafari is due, my feet are getting itchy!

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