Picking the ideal aspect ratios and other questions related to aspect ratios

Started Jan 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Sgt_Strider OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,212
Re: Our eyes are side by side not stacked

Ben_Egbert wrote:

Very few subjects look good in portrait. Birds, skyscrapers, people and waterfalls come to mind. We see in landscape orientation and we see much wider than high. I think 16x9 is much closer to normal human viewing than even 3x2. For landscapes, I would never use 4x5 or square.

For vertical landscape subjects, 2x3 is often too high for the subject (too much sky) so I use 4x5 or 5x7.

Try this, get close to your monitor, assuming its a 16x9 aspect. As you get very close, you notice that it just about covers your field of view. The fact that our field of view is sort of oval means some is wasted on a rectangular monitor.

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What I see when I open the image and view it at 100% is very important to my overall attitude toward a final print. When I look at the print I know what’s there and what I had to do to get there. For me, good enough does not work.
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Interesting perspective Ben especially your last paragraph!

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