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.