Creating a frame within a frame is a great way to add interest to your photos. In composition, framing is used to determine your focus point. By looking at this focus point, though another element present in the frame adds a lot of depth to your photos. I like to think of a frame within a frame as almost identical to lead lines. While lead lines help to direct our gaze to our focus point, frame within a frame keeps our gaze fixed at a certain point.
In the above photo we can see a child fishing on a beach. The log acts as our frame and helps to pull our gaze to our subject. A few things to note about framing. Notice how the frame isn’t a complete frame. Part of the log is not in the shot, but it doesn't need to be. Also, the log appears to be something that was present on the beach, not added. A natural frame, or one that just happens to be here, often is the most powerful and will add quite a bit to you compositions.
This next shot give us some perspective. We can make an educated guess that the woman in the photo is holding the piece of glass. This allows our imagination to fill in the gaps and maybe emphasize with her.
How do you feel about this photo?