Wonderful Creative Use of a Frame in the Composition

The use of a frame, in a photographic composition, is powerful and generally easy to spot. A well placed frame can direct your viewers eyes right to the subject of your image.

“Beauty of the Cathedral Cove at Coromandel NZ” by Anupam Hatui
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“Israel, the Roman Upper Aqueduct In Caesarea” by Hanan Isachar
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“Lisboa” by Alex Rocio
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“La Giralda, Sevilla” by Hans Zúñiga Rojas
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“The Cat” by Diogo Narciso
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more from: “32 Photos that Demonstrate the Wonderful Creative Use of a Frame in the Composition”
at gurushots

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Whatever The Weather

The vagaries of our climate can be frustrating, but at the same time they offer some fantastic opportunities for exciting and engaging photography. In this category, any subject goes, as long as it has weather as its dominating theme. This might mean the morning light streaming through autumn mist, someone running for the bus through the pouring rain, people snoozing on a sun-drenched beach, or a mountainscape in the snow. Be creative with how you portray the scene in front of you, perhaps using a long exposure to capture streaking raindrops or a neutral-density graduated filter to emphasise the moodiness of a stormy sky.

Porthcawl
by Jay Birmingham
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Fishing village at night
by Michael Epel
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Hintersee morning
by Kai Hornung
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Just a bit windy
by Tuule Müürsepp
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Hold on tight!
by foxbird
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Whatever The Weather
Part of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019

more at photocrowd

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The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of The American Landscape 2019 photo contest

Grand Prize Matt Meisenheimer
Jurassic
The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It’s a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you’re living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I ran into some phenomenal conditions while hiking around the Kalalau Valley during a recent trip. I scrambled to find a suitable composition and came across this scene. I liked how the lone tree was catching light and I felt the rainbows were spaced perfectly with the tree. It was very windy and wet so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I’d shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. Thankfully, my effort paid off and my resulting images were clean and sharp. This image portrays one of the most incredible events that I have had the opportunity to photograph.
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Second Prize Jemma Lee
Pink Lady Nipple
As each labored step forward resulted in two slippery steps back on the rocky mountainside ascend on this humid August day, I had naively assumed that we had reached our destination on the difficult hour long trek from the Cinder Cone parking lot. I begrudgingly continued the climb for two more hours and was grateful to be rewarded with an extraordinary view on the other side. At the base of the mountain a small cluster of pink mountains appeared in the distance, only to be revealed through my telephoto lens. This breathtaking view reminded me of being upon my mother’s breast when I was a young child. The vivid pinks, reds, purples and blues portrayed in the photograph are from the minerals on the ground below that were created from volcanoes erupted in the past.
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Finalist Craig Bill
Moonquest
Night photography in the scared slot canyons of the Navajo, Upper Antelope Canyon
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Finalist Jason Frye
Eventuality
The trees that line certain sections of the South Carolina coast are haunting yet beautiful, witnessing countless sunrises, sunsets, storms and rainbows…but their time is limited. Enjoy the moment, get out, you never know when an opportunity to photography something is your last chance.
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Finalist MWPhotography2
Glacial Stream -Two Medicine Lake – Glacier National Park
Two medicine lake lies about an hour south of St. Mary, Montana, on the east side of Glacier National Park. This lake one of the prettiest in the park and is not as well traveled as most parts of the park. At certain times of year, when the glacial run off is high, swift streams flow down into the lake. I bushwhacked for a few miles through the pristine evergreen forest to find this magical spot. There was an ample presence of bear scat along the way, prompting me to engage in my usual discussion with the trees and nature around me in order alert wildlife of my presence. I returned a few years later only to find this once vibrant stream had been reduced to a trickle by climate change.
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The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners
more at Outdoor Photographer

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Vietnam from above

A bird’s-eye view highlights the diverse landscapes of this Southeast Asian country.
Vietnam stretches over a thousand miles from north to south and measures only 31 miles wide at the narrowest point. Long and skinny, this J-shaped Southeast Asian country holds three distinct climate zones to lure travelers. Tea plantations stripe the mountains of the northern provinces near the border with China, beaches edge the South China Sea to the east, and in the south, the Mekong Delta creates a maze of rivers, swamps, and islands, dotted by floating markets and rice paddies just waiting to be explored.

Green tea islands dot an irrigation lake near Vietnam’s border with Laos.
Photograph by Trung Pham
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In Hanoi, a woman dries incense for people to pay respect to their ancestors.
Photograph by Thạch Phạm Ngọc
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During holidays, flowers float across the Perfume River in the central Vietnamese city of Hue.
Photograph by Ngo Dung
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Three women share a moped through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
Photograph by khai nguyen tuan
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Buildings and roads resemble an electronic circuit board in Ho Chi Minh City, populated by nine million people.
Photograph by Trung Pham
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See Vietnam’s diverse landscapes and staggering natural beauty through aerial photos captured by our photography community.

more at National Geographic

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Moving Fast

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots of subjects moving fast in this photo contest.

Train Arm and Motion
by Lovesphoto
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Red dragon
by carlopierbattista
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Transit
by Hugovalleperez
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Aria’s flight
by UnTill
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Running with the flock
by Nicolekost
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more in: “29+ Jaw-Dropping Captures Of Subjects Moving Fast”
at viewbug

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For anyone struggling to see more than just what’s in front of them

Around the World in Cut-Outs
Globe-hopping artist Paperboyo transforms real iconic landmarks and settings around the world into works of art and amusement by just holding up a cut-out and snapping a photo. Here is New York’s Guggenheim Museum as a flowerpot, the Eiffel Tower sporting butterfly wings, a giant octopus peeking its tentacles out of the Roman Colosseum, and nearly a hundred more images of wonder and humor. Organized into categories such as Quirky Architecture, Pop Culture, and Playing with Food, the book also covers Paperboyo’s process with these topics:
• Behind the Scenes
• The Fails
• D.I.Y.

Featuring favorites from his wildly popular Instagram feed plus many never-before-seen delights, entertaining captions, behind-the-scenes, and cut-outs for readers to make their own images, Around the World in Cut-outs encourages a different and delightful view of the world around us.
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Around the World in Cut-Outs

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Affection

We know. Many photographers sigh at the amount of image manipulation that occurs these days. Today, we take a break. These shots of pets, along with their owners, reveal the true, unbiased , and unmanipulated level of affection that can occur between a human and beast. You’re gonna love it!

photo by IrisA
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photo by Elisha Henkin
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photo by Anett Toth
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photo by Elena Luria
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photo by Pasji horizont
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from “43 Real Photos of Affection”
more at gurushots

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