During my recent visit to the Rock of Dunamase I spent ages shooting photos through chinks and windows in ruined walls which created interesting frames for the views beyond. I do love a good framing opportunity and admit I don’t seek them out often enough. There are always windows. tunnels, doorways, low hanging branches and strategically positioned people and trees just begging to be used as a frame to draw attention to the main subject of your photo. Frames can add layers and depth, give a photo context and also add mystery; what lies hidden can fire the imagination and draw the viewer in. Here are a few framed photos I’ve taken on my travels, beginning with a very literal frame – looking out an ancient window in the walls of the lighthouse at Hook Head.
An extraordinary garden design, perfectly framing the dome of St. Peter’s basilica in Vatican City – even more extraordinary, the whole vista is framed by the tiniest of apertures – a solitary keyhole in a gate to the Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta on top of the Aventine in Rome – through which this photograph was taken.
My favourite kind of framing is to find reflections in puddles surrounded by interesting surfaces, in this case fabulous cobblestones in Rome’s Piazza Navona.
Light seeps into the entrance of Ape Cave on the slopes of Mount St Helens.
The fiery furnaces of Tacoma’s Museum of Glass – the glow was so fierce it make everything around it look black by comparison, creating the perfect frame around the delicate glass being formed in the fires.
Last but not least, the stunning windows carved into the car tunnels running through Zion National Park, framing just about the most glorious vistas on this planet. Can you tell how much this place moved me? Must. Go. Back.
I hope you’re in the frame of mind to come up with your own interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Frame
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Each man should frame life so that at some future hour, fact and his dreaming meet. – Victor Hugo
Love the photo of the building reflecting in the water.
Thanks Carly, one of those happy accidents I noticed after a rainy day in Rome. xxx
I recognise your photo of St. Peter’s. 🙂 I used a similar one for one of your previous Challenges!…
Ah yes, I remember that post, such wonderful shots, how much fun that we were taking photos through the same keyhole. 🙂
It’s a small world!
I know this is a photo blog but I must add this, as I love it
Good one, Mick, thanks for the musical interlude, gotta love Tom!
Fabulous frames. My father taught me to frame my photographs, and I love how you have done yours. 🙂
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Wonderful framed photos.
Excellent photos dear. Loved each one. Very nice theme.
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Does peeping through the keyhole count! Great photos… as always!! 😉
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Someone thought this was a good idea for a costume for our annual Halloween block party in 2011. What were they thinking?… http://windagainstcurrent.com/2015/10/31/frame/
these are all wonderful.. it would be hard to select a favorite.
am ‘on the run’ again this week and hope to have time to design a post for this.. there are many deliberately framed images in the files.. just need to organize them. thank you for the prompt!
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Love the fire!!
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Another great theme, Ailsa! The puddle is my favourite. I’ve got a few photos with frames to share at http://destinationfiction.blogspot.ca/2015/10/travel-theme-frame.html
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Hi Ailsa, here is my frame-entry:
Puddle images always fascinate me – portal to parallel universe.
Enjoyable gazing here as usual. Cool.
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Gorgeous series, Ailsa!
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The puddle photo is stunning, Ailsa!
I just returned from Portugal, and this is a photo I made earlier this week:
Have a lovely weekend.
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exquisite photos. all of them. I can’t even pick my favorite.
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My contribution at https://travelrat.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/travel-theme-frame/
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Love the first photo!
Here is my entry: https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/travel-theme-frame/
Your reflection frame is my favorite- amazing!
Oh yes. I always like a frame for my shots too.
Here’s my offering: http://travelwithintent.com/2015/11/01/framed-edinburgh-nelson-monument/
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here’s mine this week https://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/travel-theme-frame/
I lover your reflection in the puddle!
whoops Love! Tho Italy is renown for those tIalian Lovers!
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Hi Alisa, I really like this theme. I don’t take nearly as much photos of frames. You have such a nice variety of frames.
Here is my entry for this week.