Snap chat. Frames

Indian arches

One of the things I really like doing in photography is finding a frame to wrap around my image. Framing an object within a photograph is a good way of bringing the eye in to what you want people to look at. It’s a handy technique when you’re in a place that has architectural features like arches, windows, and porticos, especially ones that make an attractive outline. And you don’t have to stop there. You can use any framing pattern that your eye sees – trees, overhanging branches, curved fishing rods, telegraph posts & wires, and so on. It can make something ordinary look quite alluring. Let your imagination work for you.

~ Spotted Cow

Dubrovnik, from a hole in the wall In front of the Tate Modern Cologne railway stationMoorish arch, Trujillo

Travel photography. Obliging objects

Ginger cat

In Marrakech, I encountered lots of beautiful tiles, doorways, and terracotta walls and my photo library is full of stills to record the details.

In atmospheric places like Marrakech, where you have lots of architectural detail, you need an obliging object to make your travel photograph that little bit more interesting. It could be a ginger cat, a donkey, a man in a traditional djellaba – something, anything, to give your picture a focal point but still bring out the cultural elements you intended to capture. It requires some patience and alertness. Cats and donkeys don’t conjure up out of nowhere.

Here are some examples. I think the images would’ve been serviceable without the said obliging objects. But they would’ve been less interesting and less personal. Everyone can shoot the tile image, but not everyone will have the ginger cat. That one thing will make it your picture.

~ Spotted Cow

Tiles and ginger catMan in djellaba through doorwayTerracotta wall with donkey and motorcyclist