Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weekly Header Challenge -- Vertical

It's time for the Weekly Header Challenge!

"Headbanger" Participants

I'm joining in the group above for this weekly challenge.
Click on the other participants' blogs to see
what they've come up with!

Theme ~ Vertical

Chosen by me.

I had this specific image in mind when I thought about a theme for this week.  I'm always intrigued by perspective, and I was tossing around the idea of how different an image can look and feel depending on whether it's taken vertically or horizontally.  First, here is my header image, full frame:

I'm still slightly a-wonder when I see this image, and I'm saving my pennies to have it developed on a large canvas to be placed in our dining room.  Note the difference in the feeling evoked with the vertical perspective (below), which is how I usually want to orient really tall tree pictures:

These pine trees at the Morton Arboretum are massively tall, but I really think that the horizontal perspective gives a completely different feel--I get the sense of tallness, to be sure, but the sheer vastness of the pine forest overwhelms me, and I am taken back to that moment I walked among the pines, the whisper-feel of the ground as I walked by, just the silence and majesty.  I'm waxing eloquent here, but you see the difference.

One more horizontal vs. vertical, so you can see the difference.  I also like the horizontal perspective of this next image over its vertical companion.

Now on to purely horizontal images of vertical things!  Usually, I shoot fireworks vertically, because they go way up, up, and up, but I shot some of these horizontally, and was able to capture the fireworks bursting in the sky, shooting up from the water, plus the reflection.  I really like this shot.

ISO 100, 17-40mm at 17mm, f/8, 4-second exposure. 
(In case you wondered.)

Buildings are another thing typically shot vertically, but I love this next one, which really gives an impression of height.

Flowers, too, with their stems, tend to be shot long-wise.  Here are a few horizontal frames that show a vertical sense.

Well, that's what I had in mind for this week's theme.  I love trying a challenge, and I think this challenged me to see things in a way I don't usually see them.  Thanks for visiting me today, and I hope I've inspired you, too!!

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  1. Nicely done - great header! And I love the fireworks over the water - fantastic shot!

    1. Thanks, Lew! I had fun experimenting with this theme. :)

  2. Magnifico Christine, showing the difference in both.Great trees too, also loved your fireworks.

  3. Fantastic tree images! I have an idea for a tree shot, but did not find a good spot for it yet. I'd like to do something, looking up at the trees, and with a bit of a fisheye perspective.

    1. A fisheye perspective would be neat, Craver! I hope to see one from you soon.

  4. Your header takes me back. I have a similar image, though in portrait aspect, of the taiga forest of Siberia framed large and hanging above my desk. A smaller version hangs in my son's home, and I am sure it keeps his wife grounded, as it was taken near her childhood home.

    1. Oh, my, that forest sounds amazing! There's just something about tall, tall trees, isn't there?

  5. Interesting captures as always Christine, thanks for sharing.