Photography 101 Day 3: Water & Orientation

In day 3 of Photography 101, moderated by the happiness engineers at The Daily Post, our objective is to capture a water scene and change the orientation to see how the scene is impacted.

I take more landscape photos than portrait photos. Landscape being defined as wide shots, while portrait is defined as tall shots. Why? More often than not, the decision is based on how I plan to use the photo. This presents a problem because, once I’ve left a scene, it is highly unlikely that I will be back to capture something I may have missed.  This mindset comes from my early experience with film photography. Film was expensive especially since only about 20% of what I shot was worth keeping. The digital age has eradicated this reasoning. Digital storage is significantly less costly than film.

Today’s theme serves as a reminder that I now shoot photos in the digital age. Since today’s weather is really ugly, black ice everywhere, I opted to dig into my photo collection to see what I have that includes landscape and portrait orientation of water scenes.

Cades Cove in eastern Tennessee is one of my favorite places to photograph. This scene is of Mill Creek behind Henry Whitehead’s Place and was taken with a Nikon CoolPix S6300 Point-n-Shoot.

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Landscape Orientation

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Portrait Orientation

The second photo (portrait orientation) picked up more foreground detail than the first photo (landscape orientation). I would like you, the reader, to give me your opinion on which photo best captures this scene.  Poll will close Mar 11, 2013.


It just so happens that I am using the same scene from Mill Creek in my 5 Day B&W Challenge post today.  Go take a look for a different view of the same scene.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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4 responses to “Photography 101 Day 3: Water & Orientation

  1. Beautiful water scene Jerry! ~Elle

  2. The landscape/horizontal photograph appears to me as one of the cascading falls of a forest stream; the portrait/vertical as one of a stream in a forest. Insofar as the subject of both is water, I find the first to be considerably cooler and more refreshing.

  3. love the scene! makes me want spring and summer soon!

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