Yesterday, I blathered about the photographic advice to get closer to your subject. Of course, it’s a guideline, which may at times conflict with other guidelines.
On the other and sometimes conflicting hand, another important principle is to be aware natural frames for your photos.
When I spotted this father-son duo fishing from the dock, it seemed as though I had a natural frame of trees and bushes around the pair. In the first example, I make use of the frame; in the second I zoom closer. While there is still something of a frame in the second example, I’ll let the reader be the judge of which is the preferred photo … because I can’t quite make up my mind.
I think there is still enough in the way of compositional elements to cause me to prefer the closer shot. Perhaps the fact that Dad is not on the phone in that photo is worth something. 🙂 The next time I look, however, I will probably change my mind and prefer the longer shot.