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Photo Composition: Framing The Heavens

Anvil cloud structure: Mike in Tucson AZ mortgage lender

~ Anvil Cloud over Pima College ~

The foreground in a photo can add or detract from what otherwise might be an outstanding photo.  The subject here is clearly the anvil cloud structure in the background. 

Pima College to the right in the midground of the photo seems out of place. It adds nothing to the photo; rather, it detracts from it.

I raced to a neighborhood a mile north of my location for the above photo in order to capture the very same cloud structure from a different perspective.  Look at the photo below.  The midground and foreground of the photo add dramatic effect by framing the very same anvil cloud structure. The framing gives perspective, and better yet, it allows you (the viewer) to imagine yourself standing in the path of a looming summer monsoon!

Try composing your real estate photos using the same technique, and you'll bring the potential buyer into the scene.  People buy on emotion, so it stands to reason that your photos ought to create some!

Anvil cloud structure: Mike in Tucson AZ mortgage lender


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Comment balloon 20 commentsMike Jones • July 09 2011 12:27AM



Wow! That is one hell of a towering cumulus cloud!


Posted by John Michailidis, Real Property Management of Sarasota & M (Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee) over 9 years ago

Hi, Mike -- to my eye, the top photo, with Pima College in the foreground, is also spectacular.  That cloud formation is a beauty -- good catch!

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike, I like your photos.  I love to look at the clouds and study them to see what is all going on with them.  Great shots on both photos.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Joan Valverde, GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu (HomeSmart ) over 9 years ago


Good explanation and illiustration of this composition technique. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike, I'd love to see how you would've "cropped" that first photo - here's my take on it:


Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago
Hello Mike, great job on the photo details. If people would stop and think of what shot they are taking in the begining it would make a huge difference. I remember a reporter the other day was interviewing a Master Photographer and asked a question...at what point do you know wnen to push the button. As a past Pro I thought that comment was interesting as it's all in as you say the composition and timing. It's a creative thing, you just know.
Posted by Glenn Ritchie, Realtor - The OC. (First Team Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike..great work...I really enjoy the second photo...thanks for sharing with AR

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 9 years ago

Hello Mike and I really like your post!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 9 years ago

Well, it's summer and I'll spend a lot of time cropping a lot of brown grass OUT.

Good photo techniques is something that many agents could surely use.  Agents who think that their camera bites are at a clear disadvantage.

Wait!!  My video camera bites.  Oh well.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Wow Mike, what a difference framing makes for this cloud formation. Nice picture, and great advice. :)

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 9 years ago


Thanks for stopping by!


LOL re your video camera!

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for saying so!


Your'e welcome!


I'll see you on your blog.


Good job!  Isn't that an amazing cloud structure?




You're welcome!


That's some cloud, isn't it?


Thanks for being the first to comment.  The clouds were amazing last night over the desert.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike fantastic shots!!!

That cloud almost looks like a space ship hoovering that town.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 9 years ago

Mike, I love your dramatic difference between the two pictures using the same cloud formation.  Those palm trees in picture number 2 add so much.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike - thanks for the tip. I really never noticed this before, but now I always will. Have a great week.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

Hello again Mike and once again love the title and the photos, and ...

Featured at one of my favorite groups at AR

CLOUDS AT ACTIVERAIN (clouds attached)


Vegas Bob ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 9 years ago

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for noticing the post, and thanks for the feature!


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Love those palm trees!


It does, doesn't it?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

wow sometimes I wonder whos riding riding around on what clouds and I gotta tell you someone important was on that cloud! . lol  great photo. ( J )

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 9 years ago

HI Mike - incredible photographs, and thanks for the feedback. Buyers do buy on emotion, and in fact I have a showing tomorrow at a listing that the buyer wanted to view the property because of the photos!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike - I love to see anvil clouds, but they do usually mean a big storm is coming.  They look really exciting though.  And I like your discussion of framing it - there is a difference.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 9 years ago


We love our summer monsoon storms!  Thanks for commenting.


Congratulations on that!  Thanks for stopping by.


I thought that when I took the street scene photo.  Riders on the storm...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

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