Tech of the month: Fill the whole picture

I want to dedicate this month to image composition, and in particular to one of my most favourite styles.

Photos are often composed to achieve a harmonic balance between the area filled by the image’s subject and those areas that are ’empty’ and contain no information. The subject in the image below is the church, and the empty space is the region formed by the sky – while the sky forms a beautiful blue background, it adds little or no information about the church.


By getting closer or zooming in, we can fill the whole frame with the subject, and thereby include many details, add a certain level of abstraction or create a sense of proximity.

This month, Lucile and I invite you to eliminate all empty space from your pictures, to get close and to fill the whole picture with whatever subject you come across. Post your pictures with a link to this post and submit them to Lucile’s Photo Rehab to share your results with us.

Last month, we looked into manual camera settings, and two of us were brave enough to tamper with the ISO setting:

Lucile de Godoy: Dumplings, Yoga teacher, boats and a wheel
perelincolors: Lunar Eclipse

PS: If you have been following my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I did not have the time to take new pictures for this post. The ones shown here are from our trips to Vietnam, Nepal, China and Italy. So, I guess, .. I will have to participate in the challenge and get out to take a few new pictures!

And these are this month’s awesome participants:

Lucile de Godoy: Fill the whole picture
Tish Farrel: It’s a wonderful world
Musin’ with Susan: Fill the whole picture
Amy from Playing with my first DSLR camera: Mushrooms

13 thoughts on “Tech of the month: Fill the whole picture

  1. Debbie

    I really love all of these photographs. I find them quite intriguing also – like was the horse in the temple in the first picture?… and what god is that in the little picture second from the bottom, and is that a snake on the right hand side of said deity?…. I just might even have to participate in the challenge this time, if i have time!!


    1. perelincolors

      Thank you!!! Right, that wooden horse was inside the temple. No idea why, but that were was a lot to see inside that temple and I loved the red colour. I hope you will find the time to share some pictures!

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      1. Debbie

        The horse in the temple is a really great shot. The horse seems to be taking centres stage. I finally did share some bridge pics as you have seen over at spaceship china – the ancient stone bridges are amazing!

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  2. restlessjo

    So true! My background is so often blue sky (well, it is whenever I can find it 🙂 ) My roses recently were very ‘full on’ and would have fit the bill nicely. I’m always 3 weeks behind a challenge 🙂 Happy weekend to you!

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