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Chuck Inglefield | all galleries >> Pre 2/14/2007 Archive >> Other Stuff That Seemed Important at the Time >> Thoughts & Opinions >> thoughts on the art of photography >> Cropping > landscape
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In this landscape orientation, even though the gate fills more of the frame, it is not dominant as it is in the portrait orientation. In fact, I think the out of focus door in the background is playing a much bigger role in this image. Additionally, this image has a slower pace for me. By pace, I mean that I consider each detail a bit more...the lack of a definite emphasis on the gate (as is created by the portrait orientation) leads me to look a little deeper. This is not to say that portrait orientations aren't useful...they just have a different effect.

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Craig Persel07-Sep-2006 17:46
I agree. Much, much more effective image. You have a "v" shape drawing you into the deeper recesses of the image and toward a softly focused, mysterious path. The gate is open, inviting you in, but the door is still closed. The lighting and varying degrees of focus are perfect.