Framing Shots

One of the hardest things to convey in a photograph is a sense of depth, but that hasn’t stopped most photographers from trying to do so, and I’m no exception, particularly when it comes to The Grand Canyon.

Way back when I taught photography and yearbook classes, I endorsed the idea that framing objects like overhanging trees or branches could add a sense of depth to photos as I attempted to accomplish with this tree on the right side of the photo.

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Of course, they can do more than just frame a picture; they can add color and texture as well as emphasize size as they do in this shot.

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I liked the way this overhanging branch emphasized the contours of the ridge line.

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The dramatic shape of these two trees does more than just frame the cliff behind them; they’re a central part of the photo,

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and it’s probably my favorite shot of the day.

What do you think?