Project: Looking through the viewfinder

Fitting the frame to the subject

The aim of this exercise is to experiment with framing the subject and the effect that it has on the image. First you had to take a random picture from a subject and from there on fit it in different ways in a frame. My subject is an oil rig in the harbour of Rotterdam.

 Baseline for the others

Baseline for the others

When taking this picture, I wasn't to much worried about framing it, but looking at it now, I think I should have zoomed in a bit more on the subject, because as you can see below, it looks too much like the picture that stresses the surroundings:

 Stressing the surroundings

Stressing the surroundings

In this picture other buildings and objects of the harbour can be seen. I especially wanted to show the boat dock and cranes in the background to give an idea of all the activities that take place.

 Subject is closed in

Subject is closed in

The details of the subject, like the life saving boat and the stairs show the enormity of the rig, the functionality and that there are people working there.  I like the fact that it was getting dark and all the lights are so visible. Of all four this would be my favorite.

 Subject shot to exactly fit the frame

Subject shot to exactly fit the frame

Because of the dimensions of the rig, there is more water and air in the picture that I would have wished for. Of all photos I find this one the least exciting, probably because it misses a context or details to give more meaning to it.