I have read about the size and shapes of frames and been introduced to the idea of the Golden Section (a traditional rectangle of pleasing proportions 144:89) and the theory of Fibonacci divisions. The maths of these theories escaped me and the explanation in The Photographers Eye was sketchy but I was previously aware of the use of the division of the sides of the frame into 3 and the use of the intersections of these thirds to place points, lines, objects etc to make pleasing compositions. I was also aware that like all aids to composition, they should be used selectively and in relation to the subject matter and not as a 'rule' for composition which would result in formulaic compositions.
Exercise: Vertical and Horizontal Frames
Objective: To take a series of photographs using vertical format and then repeat each frame in a horizontal format. It should be possible to achieve some good compositions using the vertical format and in some cases, a good result may be achieved using both formats.
I went to the village of Selborne, walking through the village and into the churchyard. My camera was set in programme mode and although I intended to use a fixed focal length lens to discipline myself to frame images consistently, it soon became apparent that because of the narrow working space in the village street, I would need the wide angle end of a zoom lens. Shown below are two 'contact' sheets from both parts of the exercise.
I have selected three subjects which have worked reasonably well in both formats and shown them below.
The Plestor Green from the churchyard: These two vertical images made pleasing compositions. The second was rather spoiled by the the yew branch at the top but the third and forth, horizonal format from the gate are an improvement.
4229: 1/500s f5.6 62mm