Category Archives: 04a-Fitting the Frame to the subject

Fitting the frame to the subject -part 3

I will continue the cropping exercise from the previous post.

crop 3, left focus

crop 3

This crop draws the eye to the details in the lower part of the structure, such as the design filled arches.

With the second tower image I aimed to fill the camera frame.

tower 2

crop 1, narrow frame

crop 1

crop 2, top focus

crop 2

I like this crop as it positions the tower slightly left allowing the birds on the beams to become more of a focus.

Tower 4

With the fourth image of the tower I cropped it in four different ways as you can see below.

crop 1, long and narrow

crop 1

crop 2, vertical across tower tops

crop 2

crop 3, frame move in from left

crop 3

The wind tower was a better subject for this exercise than the palm tree as it resulted in more interesting crop options.

I enjoyed this exercise as it has encouraged me to look at subjects through the viewfinder in different positions in relation to their surroundings. It has also demonstrated to me that some off centredness can add interest and context to a photograph.

Fitting the frame to the subject part 2

I experimented with the software editing programme to create cropped images of the photographs taken previously. I began with the first palm tree.

tree 1

I tried out several crops including the three below.

crop 1, a tight frame around the tree

crop 1

crop 2, focus on the palm fronds

crop 2

crop 3, tree slightly off centre to left 

crop 3

Of these three crops I prefer crop 3. The base of the tree is closer to the bottom of the photograph and the off centre position draws the eye left to make you aware of the tree’s slight lean in that direction.

The fourth tree image I cropped was the tree situated on the sand with an empty beach to the left and the sea to the rear.

tree 4

Of the four tree images this was the one which offered me the most cropping options.

crop 1, narrowing the frame

crop 1

While the original image draws your eyes along the beach this narrower frame made me focus on the central part of the photograph and the distance across the water to the buildings in the rear.

For the second crop I decided to leave the tree out of the frame and focus on the beach area and buildings to the left.

crop 2

crop 2

While this image is not as sharply focussed as the tree was in the foreground it does have a hazy, summery postcard quality.

I then considered how to crop the wind tower.

tower 1

cropped to focus on the central tower and the tower to its right.

crop 1

In this crop I noticed the seemingly different heights between the towers.

crop 2, focus on the horizontal lines and beams at the tower tops

crop 2

The landscape frame emphasises here emphasises the horizontal beams at the tower tops.

I will continue this exercise in the next post.

Fitting the frame to the subject.

The object of this exercise is to photograph an object and experiment with how much space it takes up in the frame of the viewfinder.

I took a series of 4 photographs of a date palm tree at the local beach area. The first photograph I took quickly, without much thought. The result was a vertical image with the tree placed centrally amidst it’s immediate surroundings.

1. 35mm, F/5, ISO 200, 1/1600s

The second photograph was to be taken with more care. I approached the tree attempting to make the tree fit the frame as tightly as possible. Again, a portrait format frame captured the tree’s height best.

2. 50mm, F/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1000s

3. 55mm, F/5.6, ISO 200, 1/800s

For the third photograph I used the viewfinder to focus in tightly on the tree trunk.  This image shows clearly the rough, uneven texture of the tree’s bark.

For the fourth image I moved back until the tree filled only a small area of the viewfinder and the surrounding area was included in the composition. To do this best I changed the orientation to landscape to show the quiet, sandy area to the left of the tree and the unoccupied beach to it’s rear.

4. 18mm, F/3.5, ISO 200, 1/2500s

I repeated the exercise, photographing an Arabian style wind tower at a nearby hotel. As before, I composed and took the photograph quickly, placing the tower in the centre of the frame using a landscape orientation.

1. 32mm, F/6.3, ISO 100, 1/320s

 For the second photograph I  wanted to fill the frame as much as possible with the wind tower so I turned the frame to portrait orientation. This isolated it from the other building structures.

2. 55mm, F/6.3, ISO 100, 1/250s

For the third photograph I approached the tower and filled the frame with one of the tower sides.

3. 55mm, F/6.3, ISO 100, 1/160s

For the last photograph I stepped back from the tower to include the tower’s surrounding including other elements of the building, the sky and the doors at it’s base.

4. 18mm, F/6.3, ISO 100, 1/400s

Now, I will use the cropping tool on my photo editing software to look for alternative possibilities by cropping these images. I will begin with the palm tree series of photographs in my next post.