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2. The Frame - Project 14 (I), Vertical & Horizontal Frames

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The human eye sees the world through a sort of flattened oval shape, due to our “binocular” vision. The closest we can get to this view is the horizontal (or “natural”) frame the camera gives us when held “normally”.

This project required me to go out to a location and turn the camera on its axis to take 20 vertical images (portrait mode, as I call it). Then to take the “same” 20 pictures with the camera held in “Landscape mode”, or horizontally.

Easier said than done!

Taking pictures vertically encourages you to look for suitable images, objects that lend themselves to the upright frame format. When you then go back to take the “same” picture horizontally it all seems wrong, the image produced (often) either doesn’t work or you adjust the composition to make it more acceptable.

The lesson learned here is to consider all possibilities as far as frame orientation is concerned when taking a picture. Don’t be lazy and stick to the ergonomically easiest option, throw the thing about a bit. Is a panorama shot an option? What about a perfect square? These need to be considered when composing the shot which may then need to be cropped in post-processing.

(Image 1-5 & 1a-5a)

I've had to split this project into four parts as I can only fit ten images in a single post.
10th May 2009, 11:23   | tags:,,

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