Creekside Morning – Horizontal and Vertical

Morning at the Creek
Morning at the Creek by I Nancy, on Flickr

I’ve often heard the advice that for every vertical composition, you should also take a horizontal one. The idea is that you never know what you will need in the future as well as providing an automatic way to ensure that you continue to work through and think through the scene.

At this scene I love the feeling of the wide shot below with its tunnel of trees and forced perspective. I do wish, however, that I brought the chain saw to deal with the dead branches on the right. On the other hand, the vertical shot brings its own power as a more intimate view into the creek.

Creekside by I Nancy, on Flickr


5 Comments to “Creekside Morning – Horizontal and Vertical”

  1. Many argue this is why V-System Hasselblads used square format (6.x 6) negatives for many years.

  2. I sometimes shoot a scene in both horizontal and vertical modes, yet have never heard of that rule. I find it interesting, however, that it embodies a bias towards horizontal, which I also have. If I think of a vertical comp I usually shoot it both ways, but I shoot hundreds of images in horizontal without ever shooting a vertical version, or thinking of doing so.

  3. Brilliant pictures….the magic of a slow shutter….and your writing style is very complimentary. Thanks for sharing.

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