Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Frame within a Frame

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.


Cynthia Schelzig said...

You show some absolutely beautiful fotos here.
I so admire your work! Thanks for the link to Kateyeview. I too use this frame in frame in painting compositions too. She really explained it well and was interesting to read in black and white.

Molly said...

Oohhh...Wonderful photos! I am always intrigued by this technique but I never give it a thought when I take my own pictures. That will be one of the things that I try in 2011 when I really want to focus on my amateur photography.

Christine E-E said...

this has to be my favorite post of your photos! WOW! you've traveled a lot... what incredibly, crisp lines in your pictures - surely you must be able to sell your pics?
I do see the heart... is that your husband on the water's edge? love the scrollwork in the Jerusalem picture.

Diana said...

Wow, these are some beautiful photos you've taken. The heart around the sun is really nice. And Oh, Bryce, I remember that, too. :)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Very fine work.(-:

Darla said...

Some great photo's. I love the composition of a frame within a frame although I hadn't thought to call it that.


patty said...

Great variety of photos, Carola. Beautiful stuff!!

Marianne said...

Carola ! These are breathtaking ! But my favorite has to be the last one with the heart around the moon. I have played with this concept years ago when I took a photography class. But my photos never looked this good.

foxysue said...

You have a good eye for composition and framing.
I like the snow shot with shadow of the frame, I suppose it could be described as a frame within a frame, within a frame!

I'm going to copy you into my blog roll so I don't miss any of your creations!

Thanks for posting.

Justine said...

these are all so lovely and such a wonderful selection.

gina said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing collection of photos! The street corner in Prague is so unusual, and I really love the German monastery.
Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful images.

Donna said...

Your photos are breathtaking! I will definitely keep that in mind the next time I snap some pictures! Thanks for sharing:)

Joanna said...

These are astounding. I love the building framed by the Brooklyn Bridge. Very unusual. The one of Tintern Abbey is also lovely. Well, they're all lovely.

Joanna said...

These photographs are all astounding. I love them all, especially the building through the Brooklyn bridge and Tintern Abbey. Well, actually, all of them.

Kat Sloma said...

Gorgeous photos Carola! Wow, I started to write which was my favorite but now I can't decide. You have a lot of frame within a frame photos. Thanks so much for participating in Exploring with a Camera and for linking back!