Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Landscape v. Portrait

I've often discussed on the blog the power of perspective when composing memorable photographs. One of the easiest ways to quickly alter the perspective of a photo subject by positioning it in a landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) alignment. Yesterday's post featured a lone tree on the National Mall. But was it actually alone? Not really. By photographing the tree in a portrait position, the viewer's eye is focuses in on the subject and the tree appears isolated from its surroundings. Portrait orientation creates a more intimate image. However, landscape orientations, as seen in today's photograph, emphasize space and scope. In this orientation, the lone winter tree is now one of several barren trees on the National Mall.

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