On Filling The Frame

By | 2012-08-09T14:37:35+00:00 Aug 9th, 2012|

What are you supposed to do when there is just too much stuff around you to make any sense of it? For me, one of the first plans of attack that I start to follow is to fill the frame with something of interest. I splay out my tripod legs and get as close as possible to an object to see what, if anything, can be done to make a chaotic scene more manageable.

In the case of me visiting the gorgeous Giardini Naxos, in Sicily, I remembered feeling anxious over trying to make sense of the beautiful vista that was in front of me. A lot of it was lost due to the distance from me to it and the shot would have suffered because of that. So, I went searching and found a beautifully characteristic boat on a nearby beach.

I proceeded to fill the frame with the boat and include only a small portion of the vista. The result was something much more pleasing (to me, at least) and it helped me bring a sense of order and focus to what would have otherwise been a flat landscape image.

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In terms of processing
This is a nine-exposure #HDR  image taken with my Canon 5D Mark II. I tone-mapped it using Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was done way back when in PhotoTools 2.6, by +onOne Software. I combined some Blue Dawn Leonidas and Golden Hour Enhancer with a touch of Just Enough Darkness.

In album Landscape and Nature (1 photo)

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35 Comments

  1. minoo nice August 9, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    love love love

  2. minoo nice August 9, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    love love love

  3. shruti kapoor August 9, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    nice

  4. shruti kapoor August 9, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    nice

  5. Pia Hippe August 9, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    beatiful 

  6. Pia Hippe August 9, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    beatiful 

  7. Bob Lussier August 9, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Love this shot.

  8. Bob Lussier August 9, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Love this shot.

  9. Fabio Quell'Altro August 9, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

    9 exposure?

  10. Fabio Quell'Altro August 9, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

    9 exposure?

  11. George Koklas August 9, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    How do you avoid getting problems when fusing the HDR with motion (ie water, boats, etc)

  12. George Koklas August 9, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    How do you avoid getting problems when fusing the HDR with motion (ie water, boats, etc)

  13. Elin Vaeth August 9, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Love this comp!

  14. Elin Vaeth August 9, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Love this comp!

  15. david joy August 9, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    yaa love

  16. david joy August 9, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    yaa love

  17. Daniel Brian Romero Hernandez August 9, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    you like

  18. Daniel Brian Romero Hernandez August 9, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

    you like

  19. Daniel Brian Romero Hernandez August 9, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    languaje spanish

  20. Daniel Brian Romero Hernandez August 9, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    languaje spanish

  21. Ibarionex Perello August 9, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash good tip and nice image.

  22. Ibarionex Perello August 9, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash good tip and nice image.

  23. Daniel Brian Romero Hernandez August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    spanish??

  24. Daniel Brian Romero Hernandez August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    spanish??

  25. Stéphane DESROZIERS August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    very nice shot !

  26. Stéphane DESROZIERS August 9, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    very nice shot !

  27. nucha camps alarcon August 9, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    original,e impresionante,muy buena,saludos

  28. Brenda Layman August 9, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Nice shot. It tells a story. 

  29. Brenda Layman August 9, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Nice shot. It tells a story. 

  30. David Larsen August 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I really appreciate all your sharing of your knowledge. Especially your weekly Inspirations! Lovely shot.

  31. David Larsen August 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I really appreciate all your sharing of your knowledge. Especially your weekly Inspirations! Lovely shot.

  32. Cord Schneider August 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Once again, a wonderfully composed picture +Brian Matiash. It's a shame that you couldn't drop the boat just behind the rocks out of site. Beautiful nonetheless.

  33. Cord Schneider August 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Once again, a wonderfully composed picture +Brian Matiash. It's a shame that you couldn't drop the boat just behind the rocks out of site. Beautiful nonetheless.

  34. Brian Matiash August 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    +Cord Schneider HA! You know what, I never even noticed it until you brought it up. Definitely wouldn't be hard to clone out but since the cat is already out of the bag, I'll just leave it. Good call, though.

  35. Brian Matiash August 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    +Cord Schneider HA! You know what, I never even noticed it until you brought it up. Definitely wouldn't be hard to clone out but since the cat is already out of the bag, I'll just leave it. Good call, though.

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