One Shot, Two Ways

Capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject.

Schloss Charlottenburg (Landscape)

One Shot, Two Ways. This week, photographer Jeff Sinon talked about his process of finding the best shot. Before taking a picture, he studies his scene — looking at a shot horizontally (as a landscape) and vertically (as a portrait). With this honed, critical eye, he decides what orientation works best for his photograph.

For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject. There are no concrete “rules” here, but a) it should be evident that both shots are of the same place/location or person/thing, and b) your photographs should ideally have been taken during the same shoot — where’s the challenge if you’re just plucking out pictures of a particular location or person from your archives?

Need a bit more direction? You can take your two photographs from the exact same spot, as I did above in the courtyard of Schloss Charlottenburg, a grand palace in Berlin, Germany. Or, you can get more creative with your angle and point-of-view, as shown below in two shots at an exhibit in the Jewish Museum, also in Berlin:

You can display your two images in a tiled gallery, which I’ve done in this post; in a quick slideshow; or as individual images in the post itself.


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— Cheri

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    1. “The babe is more than swaddling bands;
      Every farmer understands.
      Every tear from every eye
      Becomes a babe in eternity;…”
      Here it is —
      One shot, two ways: portrait-shot of a child fiddling with a baby pumpkin… sitting in a sea of giant pumpkins — cut to the landscape-shot of pumpkin land and mountain ranges… One shot, two ways, at:
      Happy weekend!


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