I have an exam in a week and a half and am quite bored with study right now, so took some time to revisit images from my Maniototo trip in Easter last year. Due to my study schedule then I still have most of them to process!
This stream caught my eye so I pulled over to take some shots – the different layers and tones of green and gold, the textures of the grass and scrub against a brilliant blue autumn sky were irresistable 🙂
My original thought was to frame it in Portrait orientation, but as I also shot it in Landscape, I am interested in feedback as to which works better visually?
I like the Portrait shot for the way it focuses on the curves of the stream and foreground, and the way the lines in the background hills echo the curves of the stream.
I like the Landscape shot for the way it shows more of the background hills, especially the rocky ones in the right hand corner, and you see more colour tones and shapes with the wider view. I also like how I was able to crop out the fence and have the stream end up in the corner, that didn’t work so well in the Portrait version.
To me the Portrait version distills the essence of the scene, it feels better and simpler.
Maybe the Landscape version might be improved if I crop about a quarter off the left side essentially widening the view in the Portrait scene just a bit, rather than a lot?
Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts, feedback and comments!