CBBH Photo Challenge: FRAMED

Many of us have photographs we have taken, displayed within frames, in our homes.  They may be of people we love, or places we have visited, that we want to be reminded of.

One way of adding interest to a photograph is to use another object within the composition of a photograph to frame the main subject.  This technique brings depth to the photograph by giving the illusion of more than two dimensions and also serves to focus the viewer’s attention on what the main subject is.

The “frame” might be a window, a bridge, an arch, an over-hanging tree or anything else you want it to be.

Go ahead – surprise me!

Orange tree: framed

Just look at this magnificent orange tree, framed by the open window frame at one of the many churches in the city of Granada.

Young monk at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Here you can see a young monk pausing to rest from the heat of the mid-day sun, within the Angkor Wat temple complex at Siem Reap,  Cambodia.

Presa de Las Bermejales, Spain

This is the Presa de las Bermejales, a large lake (and a man-made reservoir) situated in the west of Granada Province o­n the northern boundary of the Natural Park of Las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama.  This secluded spot, far from the usual tourist trail, is a haven of tranquility especially during the very busy month of August.  It´s a beautiful place to spend a peaceful few hours or days, enjoying nature at it´s best.

View from our junk on Halong Bay, Vietnam

Last year, we took a three month trip around south-east Asia, visiting Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.   Whilst visiting Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam, we took an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.   There were only six cabins on the boat, and I took this shot soon after morning light, with some of the islands framed by the wooden columns of the boat.  I love how the reflections shine and reflect on the polished wood.

Te Papa museum, Wellington, New Zealand

I  was struck by the silhouettes of these people, looking out through the huge window near the entrance of the Te Papa National Museum  in Wellington, New Zealand.

Looking from Jardin Concepcion, Malaga, Spain

Here you can see the view towards the city of Málaga from the Jardín Concepción Botanical Gardensframed by trees.

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

I took this photo from inside the cave at Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Zealand.  The tide had turned and was on the way out, meaning we had just time to run through the shallow water to spend a couple of hours in the beautiful bay beyond.

Don Quixote windmill in Consuegra, Spain

Some of the best examples of restored “Don Quixote”  Spanish windmills can be found in Consuegra, not far from Toledo in central Spain, where several mills spike the hill just outside of town.  My final image for this month’s challenge is of one of these windmills, taken from an adjacent one, through one of the tiny opening windows near to the roof.

This month´s CBBH Featured Blogs:

** Staying on the Iberian peninsula, you can find Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal, Spain’s next door neighbour, so to speak.  Julie is a talented writer and gives regular updates about her life as an expat in Portugal.

I am a huge fan of Julie’s Personal A – Z of Portugal, where she takes each letter of the alphabet and writes a different post using the letter as the basis for a post, about things she feels strongly about in Portugal.   This is a very easy blog to read, is very descriptive with many stunning photographs, which always makes me glad that Portugal is an easy drive from my home in southern Spain.

** Richard at The Last song I Heard was one of the first blogs I followed when I set up my East of Málaga blog.  I stumbled across his site, where he writes for his son, James, about songs he remembers from his formative years,  and it really struck a chord with me.  He has a great choice of music and is at present writing a book called The Rivers of Belief.

I have enjoyed reading many of Richard’s posts because he talks about growing up in England, and many of the things he mentions are very familiar to me too.  His post The Crunch – RAH Band is a particular favourite of mine.  By his own admission, Richard seems to have lost his way a bit recently, and is thinking of taking a break from blogging for a few weeks, so I’m sure he would appreciate you HOPPING over to say HELLO.  Make sure and tell him Marianne sent you 🙂

CBBH Blog Hop

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for March, folks!

Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month,  link back to this blog and, most importantly don´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look.  Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month´s exciting challenge!

For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.

I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite!  I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

[CBBH logo Image credit: (cc) Mostly Dans]

98 thoughts on “CBBH Photo Challenge: FRAMED

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    • Wonderful entry for this month’s CBBH Challenge, Paula. I have very fond memories of our visit to Capri about ten years ago – especially on the “ski-lift” type transportation to the top of the island. What fun it was with our legs just skimming over the gardens below!

      Thanks for sharing links to two blogs you enjoy visiting. It’s always lovely to find new places recommended by friends.

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  7. Stunning collection, Marianne – you’re right, framing’s a lovely device to use, especially when the subject is as beautiful as that orange tree, for instance. I’ll be ‘playing’ if I can, though the pressure of the move’s building now … 🙂

    • Thanks Meredith 🙂

      Yes, I can imagine you are pretty busy right now. Hope all is going to plan.

      We are heading back home later today. We’ve been away for four months, and had a fantastic time, but it’s always good to get back to your own bed, isn’t it?

      • Four months? Yes, I’m aware it’s been a wonderful long adventure – I remember sitting at my desk, imagining you heading down to Oz – how can it be four months ago? :). From tidbits like your framed shot from NZ I know you must have thousands of stunning pix – will look forward to seeing them over the next centuries or so. Kidding! You’re right, there’s something about our own beds, isn’t there? And pillow!

        See ya’ back in Malaga!

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    • Perfect gallery of shots, Jo – especially Hardwick Country Park statue 🙂

      Thanks for sharing links to (more than) two bloggers you enjoy visiting. I LOVE visiting new places my friends have recommended!

      Great entry for this month’s challenge.

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    • Hello Surf Butler and welcome to the CBBH Photo Challenge for March. Sorry you couldn’t join in the fun last month – but you’re here now 🙂

      What a great selection of shots you have for us. My favourite is the Linda Lane beach entrance as I am anticipating seeing the beach where I can go surfing!

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    • Cathedral Cove was quite a spacial place 🙂

      I loved seeing your world through arches, Margaret. You have some great shots. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  12. This was a “ooh, love that one”, “ooh love that one too”, “ooh, love that one even more” series of photos, Marianne. I may try to live up to this. The first shot is, I think?, my favourite but Halong Bay- why haven’t I been there!

    • What a fantastic selection of framed shots, for this month’s CBBH challenge, Meg. My favourite is the first one. I loved our visit to Assisi many years ago, before the beautiful church murals were damaged in the devastating earthquake.

      Thanks for including links to two blogs you enjoy. I know Anita’s blog very well, but it’s always fun to get to know a new one (to me) too 🙂

      Very well done, Meg.

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    • Hi Ana

      I love your photos – especially of Elizabeth Castle in Jersey. What fun you must have had with your final shot!

      I’ve just spent a lovely few minutes looking at the links you shared – thanks for that 🙂

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  17. Love them all. Each artistic frame offers a breathtaking view. Just exciting and full of adventures. My favorite would be the cove…obviously I’m drawn to the sea. Have a fun weekend.

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  19. Thank you so much for the glowing recommendation, Marianne! I’m blushing and extremely grateful. I’ve been a bit slack on the photo challenge front lately but will do my best to rise to this month’s CBBH. I love your photos – the Halong Bay ones bring back wonderful memories and the windmill is gorgeous!

    • What a special place Collioure looks to be. No wonder it is such a favourite of yours to visit. Your photos are lovely, Debbie

      Thanks for sharing links to two blogs you enjoy visiting. I don’t know either of these ladies, so it will be a pleasure to HOP over to them right away.

      Great entry for this month’s challenge – well done!

    • Yes, you’re quite right, Dallas – life IS all about looking beyond – an sometimes putting a frame around it – if it’s special enough.

      Thanks for always leaving such thoughtful comments – I really appreciate them …. always 🙂

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  21. You’ve stumped me, I can’t choose a favourite from this stunning selection of images, and nor can I offer any of my own but I will be looking out for this type of image opportunity in the feature, after seeing the wonderful results.
    I popped over to Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal and her blog is great 🙂

    • What a lovely thing to say, Sandie. Thank you so much. It’s only over the past year or so that I have really tried to think more about the composition of my shots, and then I have practised and practised.

      I’ve also tried joining in various photo challenges as it really makes me think about what is pleasing to the eye.

      I’m sure that once you get your new camera, and you start taking photos with it, you will notice that your photos are getting better and better.

      Good luck!

    • Oh you’ll love it around Toledo when you get there. The windmills are breathtaking 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Debbie – much appreciated.

  22. What gorgeous photos! I’m inspired to dig out a few of mine now. And I’m looking forward to checking out the blog about Portugal. I love Portugal!

  23. Beautiful collection, Marianne, along with some very useful information for us novices. From the first to the last photo, you really did frame you subjects wel, creating a very enjoyable post.

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