Turning the Panoramic Crop on its Ear!
In a previous article, The Panoramic Crop: Landscape with Attitude, we talked about crops where the resultant image was twice or more as wide as it is tall. Today, we are going to discuss the inverted ratios. These are the ratios where a portrait image is twice or more as tall as it is wide. Mathematically this would be all aspect ratios, when expressed as fractions, of less than ½ or 0.5.
Vertical Panoramic Crop Examples
The Vertical Panorama is less common than the traditional horizontal version. Subjects rarely lend themselves to a narrow vertical crop. Perhaps this is because we tend to see the world in horizontal panorama. We certainly seem to prefer our movies that way. There are rare occasions for usage-presentation slides and web elements come to mind. The image of yours-truly found on my Instruction Page is a good example of a vertical crop that works in both form and function.
Occasionally you see an image in a tall narrow space, framed and hung on the wall or used as an accent but this is rare by comparison to the horizontal panorama. I took a quick look around my house and failed to find such an image.
So rare is the crop-even within my own arsenal of composition tools-that I found slightly more than a dozen examples in my library of 92,000 images.
Places where the vertical panorama crop rules:
- Tall, narrow subjects against non descript backgrounds
(e.g. Flowers, Fireworks, Waterfalls, Buildings)
- Subjects with reflections
- Long Shadows
- Places where you try to suggest height or vertical motion
Even though it isn’t widely (pardon the pun) used, a vertical panoramic crop can be a boon to your composition. Try one out-particularly if you have a vertical void to fill!
Take the vertical leap, go long, crop tall and so on but only if makes your composition stronger and accomplishes your end-goal.
Rikk Flohr © 2010