Framing the Subject

Farm House Beyond the Trees

I've been thinking a lot about composition lately! Framing is another technique that I'd heard photographers throwing around and I decided to look into it further. The idea of framing is to use something in the composition - maybe tree limbs or a window to "frame" the subject. The frame helps to draw the viewers eyes to the subject of the shot. It can also help create a sense of depth.

I was driving down a country road looking for interesting things to shoot when I noticed this farm house in the distance. I happened to see it at just the right time through the trees as I was passing by and the framing concept immediately came to mind. So, I pulled off to the side of the road and grabbed this shot. I was using my 70-200mm lens so I could have gotten in closer on the house. But, I chose to capture what originally caught my attention from the road: a distant farm house in the middle of a big barren field, with one of the bare trees seemingly embracing it. I think the trees nicely frame the shot and help convey the idea of depth and solitude in this scene. A tighter zoom would have captured more detail in the house, but I don't think it would have been as interesting.

This is a single raw capture that I processed with Topaz Adjust and Detail. I just made some exposure adjustments and brought out the detail in the trees. I also applied some light noise reduction with Noiseware and some tone curves in Photoshop to balance out the lighting.