Vertical and horizontal frames

18 Jul

In that exercise we are asked to take pictures in both horizontal and vertical frame, if possible of the same scene or object and analyse the pictures according to what made us choose vertical or horizontal as well as positioning in the frame.

I chose pictures from my Norway trip, not edited in order to get the “raw” feeling of how/why I chose different frames for different things. It was quite easy to find the pictures because I tend to take often pictures both ways to be able to choose in post-editing.

Down here you have the pairs in a gallery and comments about them further down.

Picture 1

Road towards the mountains
My first picture was the vertical one, thinking that the road looks more like a vertical object. Then I also chose the horizontal frame in order to get more information about the surroundings into the frame. That went well but took away much of the prominence of the road. I think both pictures need some cropping in order to get out the effect I was looking for when taking the picture.

Picture 2

This time the horizontal picture was the first one because I wanted to get as close to the bird as possible with my 400mm lens. When looking at the picture I realized that less is more, in that case not zooming in that much but getting the pole with the nst into the fram to show what the wooden thing was in the frame before. Pole is approximately aligned to the rule of thirds.

Picture 3

First was the horizontal picture, trying again to get as close in as possible, then switching to the vertical one in order to get  the nest into the picture. Looking at the picture on my computer I think I could or should have done better with the horizontal one. If I had included more of the nest with the sleeping bird it would have shown what the angry bird on the stone shouts at. Otherwise is the stone in the frame according to the rule  of thirds. The vertical picture is nice but I am not totally satisfied with it. It is a little too centred and as far as I remember I was forced to do so because of the other birds around and me just wanting to have to two birds in the picture. Would probably been a wise choice to zoom in less an do the “framing” in post-edit.

Picture 4

Eager photographer
I wanted to document my eager friend, photographer and flower-fanatic as she is in her “typical” photography-position.
The vertical one was a snapshot, having the horizon at one third of the picture, Julia in the middle third and with that stressing even more. Even her red anorak helps to get the attention to her. But on the other hand the picture is quite dull, an “in between” between a closeup which is the horizontal version and a more wide-angle approach, showing more of the barren land. The horizontal version came naturally I think as i wanted to get closer to show what she is doing and how determined she is.

Picture 5

Telephone poles
The vertical one came first, showing the line of poles and getting more attention to the vertical poles by choosing the vertical frame. Then the horizontal came, moving a little to the right in order to even get the house in the frame. Looking now at the pictures is interesting because it really shows in my eyes the effect of  framechoice and what pictures you get. the horizontal one is nice, showing everything there is to see but the vertical one has a more artistic feeling about it.

Picture 6

The horizontal picture was the  first one i took. Horizon in the middle due to the boring sky and foreground and in order to show the calm fleet in the calm waters. The vertical one, having algae in the foreground gives a feeling of depth but is otherwise not giving me anything. When cropping it to a square I think it works nicely.

quality less than optimal due to processing the picture twice.

Picture 7

Horizontal came first this time, showing the whole building, natural choice due to the shape of the building. Next I tried with a vertical shot and not being able to get the whole building in it I decided to concentrate on some features it has. With not showing all I think it invites to thoughts about how the building and the boat looks.

Picture 8

The vertical picture was the first one, the shape of the boat and the lines of the quay inviting to it. The boat being in the middle of attention.
The horizontal picture was chosen due to moving to the righ tand getting a different shape of the boat, still in the middle of attention due to e.g. the yellow diagonal line guiding towards it but also having a bit of surroundings in it. Taking up more space of the picture in the vertical one the boat looks bigger, stronger, …

Picture 9

Winding road
Driving through the wonderful landscape on the North Cape we stopped after seeing this piece of road disappearing in the distance. Both frames work for me, the horizontal because you see more of the road I am standing on and the vertical one because it makes the road look even slimmer, longer. Horizontal again giving a little more information about surroundings. Maybe a little more interesting sky in the vertical one.

Picture 10

Road to Glesvaer
Chose the vertical one because the main point of interest and leading into the picture was the road and the other picture having the sea and island as the main part and having the road as just a minor details in it. I ´d probably crop away some sky on the vertical one because it is not really giving something to the picture and by doing so giving the road even more space in the frame.

Picture 11


The horizontal being the first showing the boat and it surroundings, being on dry land in a calm scenario. Again according to the Golden section/rule of thirds. Vertically was chosen to make to boat look bigger and the masts in combination with the lower point of view got it alright I think.

Picture 12

Crane at the pier
Wanting to capture the feelingof the harbour and the crane in front of the mountain I took two pictures, one horizontally which includes too much of surrounding taking away the eye of the more important thing (crane), at least without cropping it. The vertical one works better, shape of the crane inviting to take it.

Picture 13

Coastal landscape
Way to the North Cape and enjoying the view over the Barent sea. In the valley having some reindeers but not being able to get a good shot of them.
In the horizontal picture having the trail and tree in the foreground giving some depth to the picture, horizon slightly above middle line not to get too static.
The vertical picture on the other hand was taken in order to get more of the trail into the picture and give more depth to the picture but it does not feel right in that case. If it had been the beginning of a famous trail it would have worked but a minor footpath does not wok in that picture for me.

Picture 14 and 15

Flowers along the way
Trying to give macroview of the flowers was the reason to go horizontal and vertical in order to give some idea of where the flowers grow.  If I had gone even closer to the flowers, concentrating on just one or two I think it would have worked vertically.

Picture 16

Stony beach
The horizontal picture was taken in order to show the different lines in the picture, the stony part, above it the stones in the water, then  then water, mountains, sky. That format or square works fine I think, putting a stress on the calmness of the scene. Horizon at about one third of the picture to give enough space for the water and stones.
The vertical one on the other hand is more concentrated on the flower hiding between the stones and having a little shallower depth of field. Going closer and lower would have been a better position, giving more space to the sky and giving the flower more space in the frame.

Picture 17

Spontaneous, documentary picture of my friends I followed with to the North Cape. Not thinking too much about composition and now looking at the pictures after the trip makes me see that the horizontal one is better because it includes everything interesting and leaving things like the lamp with less space. Having even more lines in the picture that are diagonal but at not such a big angle asks me to have a horizontal picture. The group of people, with the computer and cap looks like a horizontal shape, fitting in the frame. Being part of it and not like the other picture just taking a picture of it. It feels more “complete”.

Picture 18

Just used the frame according to the shape of the object. No other thoughts about that

Picture 19

Gull on pole
The horizontal picture again was again without much thought just to capture the bird in case it decided to fly away. When he was calm I decided to get another part into the frame and to have some other angles and lines. If I wanted to have more pole in the picture I would have taken vertically, in case I wanted to show e.g. more poles, stress on the lines…probably horizontally would have suited it better

Picture 20

House on peninsula
I have the feeling that the horizontal picture (first one) was taken with the thought of having the background and surroundings in the frame, give them more freedom. The vertical picture seems to me like it is leading the eyes towards the house in the middle, trees, stones in the water and then the house, stressed even further by placing it in the middle of the picture.

Picture 21

The pump
I think the vertical picture has the pump as the main object, not having too much of surroundings, but looking more at the pump as a form, isolated from the rest.
The horizontal picture on the other side leaves much less space to the metal object, but by putting it in the picture according to the rule of thirds it still is very important but giving even more information where it is lying and so on.

Picture 22

On our way to the North Cape we saw this beautiful white church at the seaside and tried to get  some pictures of it. At first I took a picture of the churchtower, vertically of course due to its shape. Then I tried the same horizontally but had to move backwards quite a bit in order to get all of it in the frame.

Picture 23

Just tried to different pictures of the same road and I think the horizontal one fits better because it shows a little more road.  When looking at the earlier road-shot I had I think vertically was better because it fitted the length of the road better.

Picture 24

I think just about the same thoughts as picture 23. Looking att the vertical one I am not really sure what I wanted with it, I think emphasizing the form of the beach but the horizontal one works much better at that.

Picture 25

Reason for the vertical one was to have the eyes being led through the picture, from street to the island and then the mountain. In the other one I feel that the division in three parts, town, island, mountain works well.

Picture 26 – 28

North Cape
The vertical picture seems to be more compact while you get more of an idea of surroundings and a nice division of the picture in the horizontal one. The ones with the stone seems to have more emphasize on the stone vertically, not as much horizontally.

Glesvaer fishing village in a panorama


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