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Thread: Framing Suggestions?
06-16-2007, 12:25 AM #1
Hey guys. I think I want to use this image (shot this week) for competition, but every attempt I've made to frame it into the 16X20 format it just looks boring. I want a dynamic framing, just not sure what will best suit the image. Any suggestions?
The title I have in mind is - Dangerous Curves Ahead
06-16-2007, 01:37 AM #2
Your problem tends to be true when the proportions are already at 4:5 or close to it.
With your image, I'd frame it exactly as you've done here--make the framing proportion precisely 4:5 and enlarge it to 16x20 so that you have only the very narrow black frame that you show here.--Elephants can swim...
...and very gracefully.
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Kirk Darling, CPP
06-16-2007, 02:05 AM #3
I tried step mounting with a black, then a white and then a narrow yellow border. I liked it on all three colors.
I don't recall seeing in competition many bright yellow step mounts - make that any (and there's probably a reason for that!!!) - but the yellow one was my favorite.
Nice photo. Good luck
Last edited by Stacey_West; 06-16-2007 at 04:57 AM.Stacey West, CPP
06-16-2007, 03:31 AM #4
Great advice so far, thanks so much. So a yellow step mount or basically full frame should do best for this one? I hate that its dimensions are so restricted, but the shot is almost completely full frame - no real wiggle room.
I will try again in the morning and post my result.
06-16-2007, 11:43 AM #5
When I get back ...
I'm leaving to do outdoor engagement portraits. When I get back I'll post my thoughts.
06-16-2007, 01:43 PM #6
I've never competed with any images quite like this one. My first suggestion is to get the subject layer much smaller. I would add an empty layer and add an accent line. Next, make it a Parallelogram. Then rotate the subject layer about the same angle.
As I said, I've never had an image like this in competition. Since the original image is a square composition you have to force it into a rectangle is some way or other. My idea may not fly but it may spark other ideas.
I did a mock up and hope this helps.
Last edited by D._Craig_Flory; 06-16-2007 at 01:46 PM.
06-20-2007, 07:17 AM #7
To me this isn't about complimentary colors, its all about impact of bright yellow. Keeping it yellow would be my choice, but I also like the parralellagram idea. That might lose a little impact, but really like the simplicity of the black border, maybe just a very thin yellow on the inside or middle of that black border would add some sophistication.Spencer Boerup, CPP
Spencer Boerup Photography
06-20-2007, 01:37 PM #8
Keely Deuschle Senior Member
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This is a great image. I've been following this thread and I think that pulling a nearly black blue or violet out of the sole/heel for the border really gives it some additional pop, in my opinion.Keely Deuschle, Cr.Photog, CPP
Orange Park, FL
President, Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild
06-20-2007, 02:42 PM #9
Hey - Sorry I haven't replied more quickly. I have been reading the suggestions and tried several of them.
The paralellagram didn't work for me. As soon as I tilted the subject it lost its impact and looked much more abstract. In the end I went with a nearly full-frame image with a thin black seperator and yellow behind (only about 1/2 an inch). I ordered a studio sample like that. Once I see it full-size I'll decide if that's the way I want the comp. print to look.
As much as I love competing, I TOTALLY stress over prepping shots for competition. I really appreciate the feedback from you guys! Helps tons.