Yesterday, during one of my regular instructional tours in Kananaskis we came upon a series of stunning ice formations. the ice had been broken, raised and then softened by warm winds through the valley leaving a myriad of softened shards poking up in all directions.
The light was not great, it was late afternoon and low cloud pushed shadows across the area, but we managed to find a number of good shots in the tangle of splintered ice. One in particular that I liked was this simple frame using both ice and the mountainside to make a window through which a little colour appears in the sky. The trapped methane bubbles lifted to the skies make for a great addition and the clarity of the ice allowing the late afternoon colour to shine through is perfect.
Framing is a great way to enhance an image and natural framing is often the very best way. It leaves us feeling we have stolen a view, peeping through a closing aperture to the vista beyond. We need to decide if we are going to have the frame and the subject in focus or just the subject, often just the subject is preferable, or enough but in the case below the frame was the shot. So, I made an exposure with focus on the foreground ice frame and then another focusing on the mountain in the background.
In shot framing is a very simple technique that really can help make an image, or add to an uninteresting image in such a way as to make it more interesting. You can learn more about in shot framing as part of my free basic composition tutorials available here.
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