Most all photos stay to a very small number of crop ratios that fit the standards of today's print decorations. 2:3 which is the most commons gives a great surface area for landscapes and portraits. Another type of crop that is very popular is 1:1 square. With Instagram, retro instant film and medium format lomography cameras gaining popularity, the square format is starting to make a rise in decorative prints. Though most of my work is done in this format, every now and again, I get an itch to edit my photos in a little different way.
I have really started to fall in love with very long panoramic images. A lot of landscape photographers have been doing this for years and in fact one of the biggest influences to me was a photographer in Breckenridge, Colorado who's studio was filled with panoramic film photos in large format prints.
There is a certain strength that comes from a wide ratio, a very cinematic quality that is most often used to convey a strong feeling in even the most normal of situations. Though there are all types of ratios used for cinema and widescreen, the most used are 16:9 and 3.37:1 which are most widely used for video and cinematography. In one film, the aspect ratio was stretched to 4:1 for the widest cinematic viewing ever used in film.
Though I am not shooting a motion picture, I really wanted a more cinematic feel to my personal work so I decided on the aspect ratio 3:1 which is ultra wide but still imaginable in my minds eye when creating images. To create these images, I shoot with either my wide angle lenses, or I shot a number of photos and then stitch them together within Photoshop. The photos that I am able to produce, I have been quite pleased with so far.
[PHOTOS- Travel and Street]
I think that this new way of composing photos could be a fun and fresh addition to home wall art. The inspiration from my doing this was panoramic format landscapes that are very popular in the fine art community so why not have the same style work but a much more personal touch?
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