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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Vertical and horizontal frames

Looking at a lot of my own photographs they do tend to be in the horizontal perspective. The course text suggests that  this is perhaps to do with a persons binocular vision (eyes side by side) and how this works in our brains. It may also be to do with the way a camera is made with the horizontal in mind. Regardless this exercise was to explore using the camera in a vertical mode.

Idea is to see how each scene works in both vertical and horizontal format. For the purpose of this exercise I have left out the camera settings; some of the images were taken alongside exercise images with this exercise in mind. Not the greatest of shots due to a bit of camera shake (notice the blur close to the bottom of the vertical frame shot). However vertical works well in this case giving it more scale in that you can see it’s taller. An even lower viewpoint would further enhance that.

Apart from the need to frame the shots better (give more space to the subjects as parts of the subject have been cropped) I feel the scene works in both versions.

Although both ‘work’ I feel that the vertical image works better this way. Maybe if I had the subject further in the frame would improve the composition. is an older image (pre-course) but I decided to upload as it was another example of trying out an image in both orientations. The poor framing aside in the horizontal, (I think there needs to be more space ant the bottom and I have cropped the subjects foot) I think the vertical frame suits the subject more. I feel it has more depth to it.

Again same habits. Need to give more space in both shots; but as they I feel that the horizontal suits the subject more. hardest thing with this was to frame the shot straight! I think the vertical suits the image more due to the shape of the subject. I prefer the horizontal image out of these pair. I think it may work better for the vertical if the composition had more space in the frame though. (Another point for me to take on board!) prefer this one in the vertical frame, however with a little bit more care (hindsight and all that) in my composition (not centre bulls-eye!) this should could have worked just as well in either image.

The exercise for me has highlighted that some subjects can suit certain orientation of the frame, however in other cases the orientation can work in both ways for the same subject, but perhaps with emphasis on a different aspect, viewpoint or response from the viewer.

I didn’t specifically look for things that would suit a vertical frame, but I noticed that I tended to place the subject in the lower part of the frame (although still very much with a central composition).

I think from this exercise and many of my other images; it appears that I shoot mainly in the horizontal orientation. Although I’m moving onto the next exercise, I’m going to keep this exercise in mind for future projects and assignments and shoot as much as I can in both orientations.

Although I’ve shown practicing the principles I mustn’t let the exercise take precedence in the resulting photograph. What I mean is, not to compromise the image for the sake of what I’m practicing. Still confused? Best as an example;  I found myself in most of this exercise centre on the subject and taking the shot in both orientations, rather than maximising the composition in each; looking for good  composition (e.g. rule of thirds, balance, fitting the frame, placing the subject etc). I need to look more at what is best for the subject in each case and practice this more.

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