February 17, 2013

sunrise, fat and thin


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photo by Donald Kinney

This subtle scene caught my eye a few days ago. I call this 3-to-2 aspect ratio my "fat" format, and of course I also use it in a vertical orientation.



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photo by Donald Kinney

In June of 2011 I had the rare opportunity to have my portfolio reviewed and critiqued by a highly respected member of the photographic community; Brooks Jensen who publishes LensWork Magazine. Aside from some technical issues which he made abundantly clear, he realized that many of my images could be drastically improved if I simply chopped off their tops and bottoms, turning them into panoramas.



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photo by Donald Kinney

So there you have it. An epiphany that has really changed the way I see and work. Brooks Jensen also pointed out that a "thin" photo would be conducive to the web, as it takes up less space. And oh yes, beyond the few technical issues, Brooks actually LIKED a lot of my work. Who would have known...


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2 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Thanks for that. Now every time I put a picture up on my blog I am going to ponder about "thinking thin".

photowannabe said...

Very interesting. I will try that on my feeble attempts too.

 
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