I love simple images in the natural world of close-up and macro photography. Why? It’s simple. Simple usually equals successful. When I find a subject that wows me the first thing I observe is the background to determine if I can isolate my subject. I look for flowers or leaves isolated from distracting backgrounds. The more distance I have between my subject and a distracting background the more blur or bokeh I can add to the background with shallow depth of field. I may choose to completely blur the background or add some detail just by adding a little depth of field with a simple aperture adjustment. However, nature doesn’t always cooperate and I have to switch tactics if I really love my subject with its horrid backdrop. The alternative is to fill your frame with the subject thus eliminating all the mayhem residing beyond the crop. The image below is a great illustration of this concept. I was drawn to this leaf by the dappled morning sun as it skimmed across the surface. The only issue was the surrounding leaves looked worn and tattered. Even this leaf had a large gapping hole just out of my cropped area. By filling my frame I was able to salvage a poor scene to produce an acceptable image. After zooming in to this scene I was no longer photographing a leaf but a small landscape full of color, lines, and shapes.