Exercise: Fitting the Frame to the Subject

This exercise required four photos with the frame fitting the subject.

I decided to try the exercise out at the local zoo and chose a, relatively, stationary subject  – a vulture. Although it was tethered and could not move out of the frame it did move on its perch and its feathers were ruffled by a slight breeze, so I chose a fast shutter speed, this also meant that a wider aperture was usedand would throw the background out of focus when using the longer setting on the zoom lens.

The photos I took are, from left to right,

  1. First photo, taken normally
  2. Second photo with the subject filling the frame
  3. Third photo; close up with only part of the subject in the frame
  4. Final photo; subject occupying a small part of the frame

There is a considerable difference in the proportions of the photos, with the second and third photos giving a much closer sense of intimacy. However the first and fourth  do give a much clearer indication of the setting.

The second part of the exercise was to experiment with cropping the original images. In the same order as above these are the results.

I think that the cropped versions work better as photographs, although they do mainly seem to involve making the subject fit the frame.

What have I learned from this exercise? I think that previously I would have just considered a single way to frame a photo, a bit like the first photo taken for the exercise. This has made me think more about how to frame an image, and the different possibilities for that.

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