Wednesday, July 23, 2008



This photograph was taken last year when we visited the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. It is also one of my most viewed images according to the statistics on Zenfolio. Biltmore House was built in an old, European style and as such has lots of statuary details integrated into it's exterior. While we were outside the front of the house, I was looking around for interesting, and well lit details to photograph. These gargoyles caught my attention. Framed against the blue sky and clouds, they seem to almost be leaping off the building at the visitors below.

My point ... Look up! Look all around you. Good photographic subjects won't just be on the ground or at eye level. Choose your backgrounds carefully, fill the frame and make your subjects pop out of the image. I don't think this photograph would be quite as good without the clouds. Nor would it be quite as striking without the blue sky as well.

Open your eyes to the world around you. Photogenic subjects are everywhere.

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