Last week, Kat of The Kat Eye View of the World wrote about her compositional technique "a frame within a frame" when taking photos. I was very intrigued by her post, and when I went through my archive afterwards I realized how often I have used this technique myself. Never before had I given it a name! Now I can show my own frame-within-a-frame-photos. Like the one on top - the view from Tabgha church onto the Sea of Galilee.
Bebenhausen Monastery near Tübingen in Southwest Germany, where I used to live for twenty years (in Tübingen, not the monastery).
Tintern Abbey in Great Britain
This is Big Ben seen through the legs of Winston Churchill (well, the statue of WC).
Here I framed the Empire State Building.
The view of the Old City of Jerusalem seen through the window of the Dominus flevit chapel.
A street corner in Prague reflected in a traffic mirror.
Sometimes your own equipment can help you to make a frame.
I used a fisheye here and didn't take down the lens hood.
Nature is a great frame creator - a natural bridge or arch in Bryce Canyon opens the view to the trail in Queens Garden.
El Capitan in Yosemite seen through the broken stump of an old, burnt down tree.
The overhanging branches of a tree frame the sunset at Kölpinsee in East Germany.
If you look close, you can even see kind of a heart shape around the sun.