Two men in a boat… in a frame in a frame. :)

Taking a picture like this one is, at once, difficult and fun. 🙂

Indeed, don’t think that the canoe, here, was rather still!
These thin boats glide really quickly on the water ! 😮

So, the idea was the classic frame in a frame effect (we already talked about it in one of the articles I wrote in homage to Saul Leiter).
I wanted to put the canoe in a rectangular space between the balustrade bars.




The trick is to control, with you own movement, the position of the subject in the frame, ie the relationship between the frame in the frame (here, the balustrade bars) and the subject (here, the canoe).

With a still subject, you can take your time to move slowly in order to adjust the position of the subject in the frame, to compose your image.


With a moving subject, it is not always easy just to wait the subject and shoot when it is in the perfect area in the image (decisive moment).
So, you are often in a rush to move in a way to counterbalance the subject movement and keep it in the frame! Or perhaps to frame it in another rectangle of the foreground?! For example, the canoe was gliding toward the right so when it was about to go out of my rectangular frame in a frame (on the right), I had to move toward the left to try to keep it in the same frame.
Easier said than done, isn’t it?! 😆

As I was saying, that’s difficult and fun. 😀
Have you ever tried to include a moving subject in a frame in a frame composition?

The day I took this photo,I only had time to get this picture and another, a few milliseconds later, but I am happy with this one.
What do you think?


Do you like to give depth and enhance the graphism of your photos with frame in a frame compositions?

I think that, even if it’s a very classical effect, there is always something new to seek and use to create a great picture.


Here, I like the graphism I could get in the overall picture : balustrade grid in the foreground, oblong subject and, finally, really geometrical background with rectangular boats and buildings with many small squared windows.

While the rectangular areas between the balustrade bars have an horizontal direction (and the subject too), the buildings, in the background, have a vertical direction. In the same way, the vertical stripes at the bottom left of the picture recalls the horizontal stripes of the buildings floors. This oppositions create a very harmonious photo, I think. 🙂


This image reminds me some photos of greats photographers but I can’t manage to recall which… Some known pictures of fishermen in the mist, I suppose, halfway around the world?! 🙂

This one was taken in Italy (Genova).

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