Often times we see things that are interesting when traveling, but a standard approach may not always be the right answer for making a good photograph of it. And just as often, the 'unframed' composition is lacking interest completely. Take this unusual tower, for example, in Dusseldorf. It was part smoke-stack, part Space Needle (like the one Seattle). But as a stand alone image, it was just a tall tower with a round glass thing at the end. Challenged by how to photograph it (just because it was there and I was there), I looked around for something to use for a relationship with it to make the picture more interesting. I found in the park at the base an unusual sculpture of steel tubes. Getting down very low, with my 16mm, I was able to frame the tower with the steel tubing. That made it far more interesting to me.
When photographing the Space Needle in Seattle, I used the interesting structure by the Experience Music Project to frame the Needle, just to give it a different feel and some depth. When traveling in Ireland on my photo tour, we visit several ruins of abbeys, churches, cemeteries, and castles. I'm always on the lookout for ways to capture a feeling of being in the structures, showing the view of surrounding countryside or things just outside the window, to give the pictures more depth and dimension. This arched doorway provided a nice frame for the tombstone just beyond the opened gate. The Celtic cross suggests sense of place, too.
Framing opportunities are out there, everywhere, if we get creative about seeing our subjects differently. It just takes a little exploring to find something to offset it nicely.
Have a great week of photography,