Harris’s Hawk captured by D6 / 800f5.6

“How do you decide to shoot vertical or horizontal?” is a question that is often asked. And for good reason! I can only answer this for my own photography. You will ultimately have to answer it for your own. Here though is another example of when I preferred horizontal for this scenario. One reason might be obvious, the other, not so much.

Harris’s Hawk captured by D6 / 800f5.6

You might have noticed that the horizontal photo of the Harris’s Hawk looks bigger in the frame. This is so even when it’s the same size in both images. This is one reason you might prefer horizontal, makes a subject appear larger. Or, you might need more space and you can’t take a teleconverter off fast enough so you simply turn vertically. But the more important reason why I wanted horizontal is because vertically brightness is introduced in the top right corner. It pulls the eye from the hawk and that just doesn’t work for me.

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