Subtle vs. Explicit Framing

The previous several posts illustrated the use of obvious explicit framing as a compositional technique. How about subtle framing? That works, too, and is often preferable (especially if there are no alternatives as in today’s example).

A Frame Made of Out-of-Focus Flowers

This is done using a technique I call shoot-through. Read about it here.

 This is what I saw before composing for the shoot-through frame

Yesterday’s post mentioned that one of the challenges with framing was achieving the “appropriate” focus – and noted that appropriate didn’t always mean sharp focus from near to far. In this example, throwing the foreground completely out of focus is actually what creates the frame. You don’t want everything in focus in the same way as we saw in the previous several examples.


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