Friendly Friday Challenge – Framing Your Subject

I use the natural shapes of trees to frame an outdoor photo. I mean, I look for overhanging branches to use in the foreground. Particularly to give the subject some definition or dimension.

A photo of the beach or the sunrise is always lovely, but it is better to have some kind of reference point. To give the subject some perspective. Clouds are an effective framing tool to photograph sunrise or sunset.

If you take an interest in photography, you would already know this. Thus, I tried to find something a little different to showcase for this week’s Friendly Friday challenge, set by Sarah at Travel with Me

You can always find something different in Japan.

Like an enormous sedan chair framed by lanterns in a public library space. As you do, in Japan.

Strong vertical lines of a high rise can also frame a contrasting shot.


Sometimes the frame is ready and waiting!


The challenge runs for two weeks and all are welcome to join in. Just create a post and tag it Friendly Friday, pinging back to Sarah’s blog.

It’s my turn next to set the prompt for Friendly Friday on 8th April. See you then.

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63 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Challenge – Framing Your Subject”

  1. Your beach photos reminds me of warm summers. I live near the beach in Kuwiat and I kinda miss every morning that i see in my window frame the beauty of Arabian sunrise & sunset.
    Oh Japan, it´s in my bucket List!!
    Lovely challenge Amanda, i enjoyed this truly.
    I wished you a peaceful sunday.

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment. I think you will find Japan as fascinating as I did. There is so much to see and do.
      West meets East and ever so clean and organised.


    1. My favourite spot, Keith. Lots of exercise activities there of a morning. A fabulous outlook to the Island across the bay. The beach is lined with the Norfolk Island Pine trees, planted 100 years ago. Unfortunately, they had to remove one after the recent storm supercell deluge.


        1. What an altruistic suggestion, Keith. I will do that. You and the blogger community will be there in spirit! And I will think of you all when I am next there. Not today though as we have heavy rain forecast! (Maybe tomorrow!)


    1. Asakusa is correct, Sarah. I didn’t recognize Nakamise street from my previous visit some 14 years earlier, but Asakusa remains unchanged over decades and thus, easily recognisable. You would be a great team member at travel trivia!
      The last photo is Gaustablikk, the tallest mountain in southern Norway. It is said, from the summit you can see 1/3 of Norway. Lots of lovely walking trails through the alpine heath and at the right time of year, wild cloudberries to eat along the way!


  2. Friendly Friday Challenge – Framing Your Subject

    On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Something to Ponder About wrote:

    > Forestwood posted: ” I use the natural shapes of trees to frame an outdoor > photo. I mean, I look for overhanging branches to use in the foreground. > Particularly to give the subject some definition or dimension. A photo of > the beach or the sunrise is always lovely, but it ” >


  3. I am not into photography, though I appreciate the beauty of the pictures. Correct me if I am wrong but you are using contrast to use differences in tones to highlight the subject matter?


    1. I could inadvertantly have chosen photos that do just that, Paul. I was searching for photos from my archives that showed a natural or artificial frame. I do love a contrast! I am no expert photographer just holiday snaps and a hobbyist. I do appreciate your insight and thoughtful comment. Thanks!


        1. Ah. Yes. That one – taken at Coolangatta. The light was awesome that day – moody and overcast. It prevented the sun from bleaching out the aqua colour. It is a kind of bridging walkway around the headland. Locally called Greenmount!

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  4. Excellent advice about how to take better photos. I don’t know that I’ve thought about this before, so thanks for the tip. All your photos are gorgeous, of course. Love the vertical lines of a high rise shot. Wonderful perspective.


  5. You have a really good eye. I once planned to take some photography classes because, while I sometimes get a shot that turns out better than expected, most of my photos are just snapshots taken by a lazy photographer with shaky hands. Thank you for the tips! Now, I need tips for indoor shots if you ever want to write about that.

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    1. Thank you, Zazzy. If you have a shaky hand, you can find something to rest your hand on, a handrail, book, table, or against a pole, even your other hand if need be. Heavier cameras or phones are harder to keep steady.
      Don’t stress about your snapshots not being perfect – you can always crop and edit them in a range of free apps! Do you use any?

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      1. When I do serious editing I use Paint Shop Pro. Otherwise, a simple crop or lighting adjustment I can do in google photos. But those things don’t make up for the ability to frame a good picture.

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  6. Interesting thoughts about framing. My mother always used trees (when she could) to frame.
    TBH, I don’t frame much any more. Since I take a lot of photos on the street, I `post frame with Photoshop. Using the lines and cropping all that’s not relevant. I also don’t keep a lot of “negative space”, or “profondeur de champs” (Depth of field?) I tend to concentrate on my subject. Reason: I only use an Iphone. Just shoot then “post produce”.
    All well Astrid?

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    1. Modern post-processing techniques have helped liberate ourselves from the pressures and time to set up or position a shot. We can be more spontaneous – and you need to be with street photography.
      All well here, Brian, so far!

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      1. Yes, I remember my 35mm Asahi Pentax (which I still have in the “library”. Focus, speed, F stop,,, the subject is gone!)
        Glad you are well. Just read there was major flooding in Australia. Not sure were?


        1. The flooding was around us but only minor stuff here. We are well drained! Lol! Where blogger Bushboy is – on the coast is a river delta, so the flooding was extreme. They just had more rain and had to evacuate again. Google Lismore and you will probably find out more.

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            1. I think he was safe from floods affecting his home but his regional area was very much affected. Twice- as heavy rain came again and Lismore residents had to evacuate again. Poor souls. Fancy creating a town so low on the Delta….the pioneers made a mistake!!!

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