Till Summer Comes Around

I tell everyone that attends one of my landscape workshops to remember to take both shots in the field, the horizontal and vertical shot. The funny thing is how infrequently I follow my own advice. I generally walk up to a spot and know right away which orientation will work best for the type of shot I’m visualizing. I also tend to crop and compose with my feet rather than with my zoom lens.

I’m sure this habit comes from years of shooting 35mm B&W & color slide film with virtually no time for a reshoot (impossible in sports) and no budget for expensive color enlargements. I’m not sure these habits serve me well in the digital darkroom today and I find myself in need of some “back to basics” training.

So, for the next few months I’m going to post both orientations (when practical) and let you readers decide which you prefer.

Just Outside Fayetteville

Just Outside Fayetteville, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/13 for 1/80th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray circular polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Summertime

Summertime – Fayetteville, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/13 for 1/100th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray circular polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

9 thoughts on “Till Summer Comes Around

  1. Guess I’m in the minority here – I prefer the horizontal shot, and would like it even more if that little smidge of road wasn’t seen. I could focus on windmill, sky and clouds. Maybe if it was a dusty dirt road, then I’d like the landscape shot more (it’s a pretty take, don’t get me wrong.)

    To each his own and that’s what great about our craft! 🙂

  2. Folks, thanks for all the feedback. I do prefer the landscape orientation but it may require a wider angle lens next time for both shots. Composition is probably the toughest decision any photographer makes and it’s fun to read all the comments.

    You folks are a great community!

    Jeff

  3. Jeff

    Either view seems to work standalone. However, like the others, I prefer the landscape view – it provides more for the eye and gives a sense of place. The portrait view could pretty much be anywhere in North America, and the bare hint of road in the lower left leaves me looking for more.

  4. I like both; but, I prefer the horizontal.

    They’re quite different. The portrait setting gives emphasis to the windmill and to the sky (because more blue is shown, contrasting with the clouds); whereas, the landscape setting has leading lines from both the road and the field (the latter not being as evident in the portrait setting) which lead the eye into the distance.

  5. Hi Jeff,

    If you had only showed the vertical I would love it. The problem for me is that after seeing the horizontal, I now know that there is a road there and then want to see it in the vertical.

  6. It is just natural to shoot both orientations who knows what the designer is going to need. 🙂
    With Wesley also for this one Jeff.

  7. I had the same thought as Wesley. Something seems to be missing when the road’s not there. Great shot!

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