It's very easy to to forget about portrait format when shooting landscapes, and the reason why is no surprise. When chasing landscapes we are often trying to take in huge vistas (they are landscapes after all) so it's easy to get distracted by the wonder of the wide angle lens.
We become occupied with composition and finding that foreground interest, hitting the rule of thirds with our horizon, using colour, finding the right shooting angle and umpteen other elements of composition that go into getting the image we envisage. It's easy to see why we might forget to turn the camera and make an image in portrait format.
Don't think it's just for those wonderful long telephoto landscapes like the isolated tree in the shot below, the other two images are made using wide and superwide lenses. I confess it is something that I seem to have to remind myself to do rather than it being more ingrained, but I do find that very often, my favourite image from a shoot is the one in portrait format.
So, next time you're chasing those elusive landscapes, give a thought to portrait format, it might just turn out to be the best shot of the day.
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