a large hairy atlas moth with picture windows in its wings rests in a lodge in Papua new guinea

Photo Challenge – Filling the Frame

As wildlife photographers, this is one of the most desired types of photos—taking a photo of an interesting animal, plant, or otherwise, and having the textures, colors, and essence of the subject from edge to edge of your photo.  However, it’s easier said than done.  It often requires specialty lenses, such as super telephotos or macro lenses.  And although the qualities of the subject really speak for themselves, it’s critical to still maintain deliberate composition, especially because the subject is so singular…features of the subject become your main compositional elements.

This month’s challenge is “Filling the Frame.”  Your subject material is up to you, be it animal, flower, or even landscape (often done by choosing a dominant color or pattern to the landscape to go from edge to edge).

As background, for each challenge we will give you a theme or a technique to work on as a guideline.  Perhaps the theme is “backyard photography” or maybe “using shallow depth of field”.  Then, it’s up to you to get out there and show us what you’ve got!

Each time we announce our next month’s challenge, you’ll have a few weeks to submit your star photo example of the Challenge’s theme.  Once a winner is selected, they will get a featured post on The Natural Photographer, along with commentary as to why this photo was selected.  Our hope is that this will be a great learning process, using your great photos as examples of how to master various techniques.

Looking forward to seeing your entries!

We’ll accept entries until the end of the day Thursday, August 23rd at midnight, at which time we’ll begin reviewing to select the winner!

Please follow the instructions below to submit your photo: