Lens-Artists Challenge #60 – Framing the Shot

” A photographer needs rectangular eyeballs and horse blinders to frame and focus the vision of what is seen.”

Roy Stryker

MOUNTAINS, HILLS, FLOWERS, RED AND ORANGE, COLORADO, ARROWHEAD

NATURE’S BOUNTY, LITTLETON, COLORADO

In this week’s challenge, Amy asks us to illustrate the concept of “framing the shot“. I believe Mr. Stryker hit the nail on the head with his quote above. A photographer views a scene in 3D and decides which pieces of it will best illustrate his or her vision when translated into a two-dimensional image. My choice in the opening scene was to use the colorful flowers to draw the viewer into the dramatic rocks of Littleton, Colorado.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, CLOUDS, MOUNTAINS, MONTANA

ABOVE THE CLOUDS, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA

“A still photograph is simply an isolated frame taken out of the infinite cinema.”

Hollis Frampton

For the last two weeks my husband and I were traveling in the Western US, leaving behind Kiawah’s summer heat and humidity. We thoroughly enjoyed the cool, dry temps of Montana and Colorado as well as the company of good friends and family. During our visit we spent a day sightseeing and photographing the glorious mountain scenery of Glacier National Park, shown above and below. Traveling up through the thick fog, we worried that the day might be a total loss – only to find ourselves completely enchanted by the gorgeous views as we rose above the clouds on the Going To The Sun Road.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA, CLOUDS, FLOWERS, MOUNTAINS

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA

“Deciding on a composition when framing a scene is an exercise in subtraction.”

Pete Bridgwood

The vistas are so incredibly vast throughout the park, it’s up to the photographer to narrow his or her focus when composing an image.  The interplay of shadows and light, the colorful flowers versus the severe grey of granite, and the puffy, light texture of the clouds all worked together to frame the scene above just as I’d envisioned it.

GLACIER, FIR TREES, MOUNTAINS, MONTANA, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

NATURE’S FINEST, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA

“One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on.  It’s on all the time.”

Annie Liebovitz

Amy mentions foliage as one of the ways photographers frame their images. The capture above is framed not only by the beautiful fir trees but also by the intersecting lines of the mountains which highlight the glacier that anchors the shot. According to Wikipedia, there were 150 glaciers in the park circa 1850. Today only 25 remain. We know that the internet can sometimes deliver inaccurate information but sadly scientists have confirmed the disappearance of glaciers worldwide. We can only hope that our belated efforts to address global warming will impact the speed with which they are melting away.

SUNSET, WHITEFISH LAKE, MONTANA, BOATS, ROCKS

FIRE IN THE SKY, WHITEFISH LAKE, MONTANA

“The magic possibility of framing a certain space and time is what brought me to photography.”

Pablo Ortiz Monasterio

Our time in the west included more than mountain scenery, as shown in the image above. We enjoyed amazing sunsets as well as the many lakes and streams created by nature’s whims throughout the area. Our best efforts to spend some time boating on the lakes was thwarted by the threat of incoming storms several times, but the storms only enhanced the scenery as we sat lakeside enjoying delicious libations and interesting conversations with good friends.

BIRD, plants, flowers, balance

BIRD IN BALANCE, LITTLETON, COLORADO

“You have to decide what to keep in the frame and what to leave out.”

Richie Norton

Finally, a photographer can choose to frame a grand vista, or perhaps focus on something much less imposing but equally beautiful. I was drawn to the little yellow bird above because of the way it was perched on the color-coordinated sunflowers. To me it was irrelevant that the small scene was actually part of a much larger landscape.

One my favorite aspects of photography is the ability to choose the context that best suits one’s intention. My sincere thanks to Amy for giving us a challenge that draws attention to the importance of that concept. As always, we look forward to seeing your responses, and greatly appreciate your continued support. Remember to use the Len-Artists tag to help us find you. Stay tuned next week as we bring you challenge #61 here on Travels and Trifles.  

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144 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #60 – Framing the Shot

  1. just a beautiful post Tina…..gorgeous shots……bigger than life!!! i find myself lost in the fire in the sky….so peaceful!!!

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  4. going to the sun road….
    ha – good name
    and do you go to little Co very often? That is my husband’s hometown –
    and just so happens that your bird in balance photo is my favorite one for this post
    I like the zig zag the elements provide across the horizon – berries- flower- stem – bird – flowers – leaf – flower
    and such a good photo tip – that we have ” the ability to choose the context that best suits one’s intention”

      • sure is beautiful and a different type of paradise from your east coast sanctuary

        and we lived in Lakewood – at the foothills – right below evergreen and regret not buying a slice of property in 1990s – but in reality Colorado is too landlocked for us –

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