• Rylee Parsons

#Picsoftheweek: Framing with Framing

Our photographer, Ethan Gilliam, spends every work day out in the field with the crew. When you're working on the same job for a while, you have to get creative to keep photos interesting – a strong skill of Ethan's. Let him tell you for himself what the thought process behind the picture's of the week were.


Symmetrical photo of construction framing for house with Blue Ridge Mountains in background.


Using Symmetry

On this job site in Banner Elk, the crew's got the framing up and ready to place a modular home on top of it. To get this shot, I had to wait on the hustle and bustle of the construction crew to pause long enough. On a mountainside with no shade, I also had to deal with bright conditions so I could capture the clouds well.


I chose to get this symmetrical shot to draws the viewers eye to all parts of the photo. Symmetry has the effect that the image is clean and proportional, an accurate representation of the construction. Human's have a natural attraction to symmetry because it's so familiar in nature, so my eye's always out for those kind of shots.


Blue Ridge Mountain scenery framed using construction window framing.

Framing with the Framing

I couldn't resist this opportunity for a classic framing photo. In photos like these, I want the viewer to feel like their looking from one universe to another. Using the wood window frame to bring attention to the mountain scenery in the center, it's almost like looking at a framed photo but with depth. This technique changes the perspective and places the viewer in the job site. It shows off the beautiful view that makes the experience on the job even more enjoyable.


Interested in more photography tips from us? Check out our past #Picsoftheweek about leading lines, capturing action, and more on framing!


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