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Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”   Jim Richardson

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”  Elliott Erwitt

Taking photographs can be seen as an easy task. Just point the camera (or phone these days) and click.  But some photographs are better than others.  They somehow capture our attention, pull us in, make us pause for a moment, help us appreciate what we see.  These reactions are what I like about photography.  Plus the captured memories.

Pretty Buds, Yosemite National Park

But how do photographers capture those photos.  In great part, it is trial and error.  Some good advice is to fill the frame.  Get close to the subject.  Look for different perspectives. See what can be eliminated from the photo as well as added.  Experiment by taking lots of photos.

Here are some more of my photos where I was able to fill the frame.

Tuolumne Meadow, Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park

Yucca Bud, Red Rock Canyon, California

Mount Whitney Behind Alabama Hills, California

Great Fritillary Butterfly, Whitney Portal Road, California

Of course, there are also times when I literally frame a photo in my side view mirror.  Let me explain.  I am a roadside naturalist.  My mobility limitations mean that I experience nature along scenic drives, staying in my car to capture whatever wonders I can.  A long time ago, I accidentally caught an interesting photo in my side view mirror. Since then, I look for what I might otherwise miss in those side view mirrors.

Back Roads around Bishop, California

Flowers in Carrizo Plain, California

Afternoon Light, Leaving Carrizo Plain, California

Autumn Leaves along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park

Aspen Grove Near Bishop, California

Hills along Highway 58 Heading to Carrizo Plain, California

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Some Quotes to Remind Photographers to Just Take Photos

“There are no rules for good photographers, there are only good photographs.”  Ansel Adams

“I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.”  Leon Levinstein

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”   Ansel Adams

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”  Edward Weston

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”   Ansel Adams

“Best wide-angle lens?  Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha.’”   Ernst Haas

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”  Ansel Adams

This post is my response to the Lens Artist Photo Challenge 66: Filling the Frame.

Comments on: "PHOTOS THAT FILL THE FRAME" (27)

  1. Barbara Yong said:

    Beautiful photos, you have a creative eye.

  2. Great photographs, superb quotes.

  3. Fabulous images and text, Patti. I love your shots framed in the side mirrors! Terrific. I’m so glad you joined us and added your perspective.

    • Thanks for stopping by. It is always fun to join the challenge. I’m glad you like the side mirror views–they are fun to discover!

      • They are great, Patti. I think of taking them from time to time, but so far they haven’t been at all impressive! I’ll keep trying, though.

  4. Considering you collection of photos, both a great idea for a post and a challenge to select only a handful of images … and you did it! Vistas, close ups, and your famed mirror …. very well done, Patti!

  5. Wow, Wow, Wow!
    What a way to start my day – thanks, Patti!

  6. Enjoy so much of these set of filling the frame photos! Framing photos in you side view mirror is very clever!! 🙂

  7. Super. Interesting take and really filling us as well as the frames – with thoughts.

  8. Absolutely love your mirror shots!

  9. […] Ross of Learn More Every Day  has got more of cool framing […]

  10. These are magnificent Patti! Wow!

  11. pam@ichoosethis said:

    These are great!! Super creative!

  12. I love these, Patti. Just beautiful and beautifully done.

  13. Very pretty pictures, love the butterfly and all the ones with the mirror!

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