Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame.

First, a little explanation… I haven’t blogged for a long while because: (1) as time flies by quicker and quicker, working on my bucket list had become more and more urgent 😉 And since I am onto that subject, I may as well do some serious thinking about life in general, which I have done from time to time in the past. (2) One of my nephews got married at the end of Sept; my husband and I were honored to be a part of photographing team. Our first time! That meant a lot of studies, and preparations. I will write about that later.

Patti in her wonderful article said that before she learned “Get close to your subject” and “Think about how to frame the shot.”, her images, sometime, seemed lacking drama and did not convey the artistic “message” she was hoping to convey. I love this wise lady! Now I know why I like cropping photos so much! In one of photographing workshops that I’d attended, I jokingly said, “There is no bad photo, only bad cropping.” I remember that after repeating what I said, my instructor had a mysterious smile on his face.

So, do you frame it right when you take each photo, or, like me, you make sure you get enough material on each photo so you can later crop it to convey the artistic “message”? For me, this is not a choice. I don’t have enough experience (Talent? Practice?) to recognize the right frame within the limited time I have to shoot each photo, so I do what I do. However, I like to add that cropping allows me to see more possibilities!

Sunflower at Northwoods Orchard:

Just a tomato:

Bride’s shoes:

Flower Girl (my grandniece) at rehearsal:

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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26 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Both ways work for sure! Lord knows we’re not framing any 20x30s which is when we’d need max resolution! Love the bride’s shoes💕

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  2. JohnRH says:

    Interesting variety. Well done.

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  3. loisajay says:

    It is so good to see you back again, Helen!

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  4. brenda says:

    Great to read your blog…did miss you! To respond to your question about framing…there is a “focus” on composition elements, but during editing it seems as though the photograph is different from what I saw through the viewfinder…hum.

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  5. Raj says:

    Great post Helen… I thought I am the only one having the problem of deciding on the frame of choice! Well, I do bit wider than what I would like to be safe then crop!
    Btw, love that first shot, perfect focus! You should also write about how to keep healthy forever! 😀

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Raj. Glad to know someone else likes cropping, too 😉 Sometime, one photo became 2 or 3 photos — it’s true for you, too, right?
      Have a wonderful day.


  6. serendipity says:

    Love the tomato, good framing!

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  7. restlessjo says:

    I think we all see things a little differently, Helen. I rely on cropping and straightening to iron out errors but I love a good Macro too. I’ve not spent enough time with the current camera to be any good at this yet. Always rushing off somewhere! 🙂 🙂 The tomato positively glows!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Jo. You are right that we all see things differently. I love Macro, too. And I need to get familiar with my new camera, too. 😉 We have many grey raining days in this season. Good time to blog… ha.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  8. pattimoed says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Helen. You really made my day! We are all learning, aren’t we? I learn so much from these challenges. Your shots really fill the frame beautifully. I especially love the bride’s shoes and your grand niece at the rehearsal. Fabulous!

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  9. So good seeing you back … great shots, love the tomato 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Julie. It’s nice to be back… but, at the same time, it’s nice being lazy 😉 I am trying hard, but it will take a while to get back on track. Ha.
      One of my nephews just got married and we took a lot of photos at the wedding. I created a story-telling photo book for him, and I was thinking… I bet Julie can to make story-telling photo books from her blog posts. You are a natural story teller!
      Have a wonderful day.

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  10. carol1945 says:

    I really like this post, but the “like” button is not working. I have been away from WordPress, too, even though I really like it. (except when things don’t work) Someone once told me that when you retire, you have even less time than when you worked. And that seems to be the case for me. Your cropped tomato is fantastic!!

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    • Helen C says:

      CAROL, how are you? WP — we love it, but we don’t understand it. 😉
      I was told the same thing, and like you, I found out it is true! I blinked, and a day was gone! I don’t like this at all. Still it is better this way than a couple of other ways, isn’t it? 😉
      Really glad to hear from you. In my mind, I had picked up the phone several times calling you!
      Have a great day!


  11. carol1945 says:

    The like button worked as long as I was viewing your blog through my reader and not through my email. Glad you are back!!


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