XDrive Photo Lesson – 7 – Frame your subject

Do head over to Raj’s post for a more in-depth look at how to creatively use frames in your photographs. He has a lot of great examples to go through! And while you are there, take a minute or two to check out the other contributions to the topic. You won’t be disappointed!

My take…

Wildlife will give you some great opportunities to frame them within their surroundings. But intentional framing, for me, is a different thing.  Here is one of a squirrel where I tried to use the trees as a frame


1/640 sec, ISO 800, f 5.6, 302 mm

As I sifted through photos, I began to realize that I never really use this technique in my landscape shots. (It’s something I will be keeping in mind!) This is the closest I came



1/640 sec, f5.6, 250mm, ISO 200

Now, looking at them, I wonder if the blurriness of the frame detracts from the image?

And then there is picture, where the blurriness acts as a frame



1/250, f 5, ISO 400, 44mm

This one might be a little tight? I did crop it ever so slightly to bring it more evenly into the center…

Anyway, that’s it for now.

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your day 🙂





11 thoughts on “XDrive Photo Lesson – 7 – Frame your subject

  1. Thanks Shutterbug for your contribution, great to see your captures from wildlife photographers eyes.

    Pic1: A great candid shot of a squirrel at work! 😀 Very sharply focused subject and the story is well spoken. Yes, you are able to frame the subject with trees, but I feel the trees are too blurred to be noticed. Trees you are trying use as frame almost merging with the background and effect is not seen.

    Pic 2: Nice capture of the moon in a daylight! I like the framing you have done here. Blurriness here doesn’t bother. It’s just enough blurred to achieve your story. As an improvement, you could clone out the little branches which are very close to the moon to remove the distractions.

    Pic 3: A spectacular capture of a shiny flower looking for an attention!  Like the details and the sharpness, you are able to achieve. Yes, bit tight crop and I feel you could have shown more of the stem, that gives the effect of “freely swinging flower”, it also conveys the happiness. Here its bit stiffly tied if you see carefully.

    This critique is part of XDrive’s Photography Learning sessions. Thanks for treating us here with some great photographs.

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    1. Thanks so much for your feedback, Raj. Looking at the pictures,I can see your suggestions come to life. Always a pleasure! I wish that flower was still alive and not buried under snow, otherwise I would be out trying your suggestion. 😊 Have a great day!

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