02 – Ratios


Why does a wider image make the mundane more aesthetically pleasing? This was a sunset over the neighborhood overlooking my office. I actually took several pictures but found that in the standard 4:3 format, the pictures just didn’t look interesting. As soon as I started cropping – whether it be cropping the sky or cropping the ground, the picture started looking better. I tried 3:2 and 16:9, but finally decided that 27:9 was a much better ratio for the picture. The 27:9 ratio is typically reserved for 3-shot panoramas, hence, the illusion that the picture is wider than it really is.

And this is one of the things I love about photography – I’m in complete control of the field of view. I control what you see and how you see it. It doesn’t matter what lens I use at all (except for a fisheye lens – at which point, the perspective is skewed to begin with).


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