Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Monday, July 4, 2011

How Do You See.

Which aspect ratio do you see. My tv's, desktop computer, film and digital camera sensor are all about 3:2. My netbook and digital photo frame however are both 16:9 and I find it very difficult to warm to this ratio.
Recently I loaded some images onto a digital photo frame and found it extraordinarily difficult to find images that cropped well into the 16:9 aspect. I tend to try and fill my frame when I shoot and a 3:2 or 4:3 suits my vision of the world much more precisely. Below are a couple of images that compare native camera aspect to a 16:9 crop of the same image.
3:2 (approx)

16:9

3:2

16:9

Maybe I am missing something because, in landscape, to achieve the same width with both images the 16:9 lacks height. This means in scenes with dramatic skies or interesting foregrounds something gas to go. In portrait mode it is width that is lacking. 16:9, as a native aspect, always leaves me wondering how to fill the frame properly.
Guess I will just stick with 3:2 and 4:3 ratios for the majority of shots. Stitching multiple images into a panorama though, well that's another story.

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