GOING VERTICAL: In this final post in the airport series, I’m featuring “extended” vertical compositions. Though I would not consider these “extreme vertical”, they are proportionally longer on the vertical axis than a “standard” vertical 2×3 aspect ratio. Unlike the typical left to right scanning of a horizontal composition, the vertical lines in a vertical composition usually move the viewer from top to bottom or vice-versa. Vertical images are less common than horizontal, as such, interesting compositions tend to stand out. These features along with a subtle sense of vertical gravity, or weight, can also add impact to the composition.
The first composition above is my second favorite from this series (my fav is from the second post). In addition to the dramatic helical architectural feature, there are other areas of interest going on at different levels. Ha, pun intended! Did you notice the puddle jumper at the very top and cars in the bottom right?
Ok, the second image below does start to approach an extreme vertical crop. Originally composed, the airplane and ramp center line were just right of center. By cropping the left side, the airplane and line are now just left of center; in my eye, this seems to make for a much more interesting composition.
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