I made it back for this week’s topic in the 52 Week Pet Photography Challenge on Orientation of Frame. We are exploring David Duchemin’s Chapter from his Visual Toolbox book that deals with “portraits” vs. “landscapes”. He talks about choosing whether “a story is to be read vertically or horizontally”. A horizontal framing usually includes much more information. I do a lot of “portraits”, especially when photographing shelter dogs. My main focus is on the connection with the pet, therefore in this case I crop vertically. When doing photos on trail hikes, another favorite for me, I tend to shoot more in the horizontal mode – where much of the background whether it is trees, the colors of leaves, the flowers – are included.
In Duchemin’s assignment he asks us to “identify the heart of our story: is it vertical or horizontal?” And he asks, “will one framing or another give you more energy or stop that energy from gaining momentum?”
I decided to revisit a pet photography photo shoot I did just last week, choose a few photos, and see if changing the framing orientation changes the effect/impact of the photo.
The first 2 photos are of handsome Jase and mom on a recent photo shoot at Maudslay State Park in Newburpyport, MA. The first picture I included in mom’s gallery – I was drawn to something about the leash connecting to a part of mom (sliver of her shirt and pants). At the time, I thought the negative space “worked”. Fast forward to this assignment and I decide to try a vertical crop. Guess what? I think I like it better! It seems to add an “intimacy” to the photograph and validates the connected relationship with Jase and mom. What are your thoughts?
The next photo has Jase trotting along and looking into the direction of the autumn colors. I automatically went with the horizontal crop and this was the way I had lined it up when I took it. I love the negative space with the colorful leaves in the background. I hadn’t tried a vertical crop from the beginning. I do prefer the horizontal framing in this one. I think it has to do with Jase standing up and looking off in a specific direction.
And the last one I framed horizontal, even though Jase was “sitting”. This was so I could keep the negative space of the fall colors and because he was on the left side of the frame looking toward the right. Going back to this one, it’s a toss up on which one I do prefer. Thoughts?
Jase was a wonderful model and we had a great day for some color! I’m sad that fall is coming to an end. It’s my favorite time of year to take photos!
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