Horizontal compositions are pretty much the norm when it comes to landscape photography. It’s almost instinctive to set your camera in the horizontal, more commonly referred to and the “landscape,” position when setting up your shot. That’s understandable because if you’re photographing a wide scenic mountain range, that’s usually the way it looks its best.
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Not all landscapes look their best when shot with your camera in landscape position. Many can be more effectively captured through the use of a vertical, or “portrait” orientation of your camera.
Case in point, these first two images are both of Cloudland Falls, on the aptly named Falling Waters Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Both were photographed with pretty much the same settings, extended exposure time in order to render the water as a silky flow, etc. The only real difference is that one was photographed vertically.
Personally, I feel the vertical composition best showcases this spectacular waterfall. I feel it better shows the height of the falls, while the horizontal photo makes the falls look rather short by comparison.