Exercise – Positioning the Horizon

This exercise required a clear unbroken view of the horizon, and a series of photos in which the   horizon line is placed at different positions within the frame. Now, due to my location in the foothills of the Himalayas, it’s not actually possible to find a horizon line that is flat. But I at least did manage to find one that gave a definite divide between land and sky, albeit a hilly contoured one.


Photo 1 – Horizon high


ISO1000, 105mm, f5.6, 1/3200sec



Photo 2 – Horizon mid-high

ISO1000, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/3200sec

ISO1000, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/3200sec


Photo 3 – Horizon middle

ISO1000, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/3200

ISO1000, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/3200


Photo 4 – Horizon mid-low

ISO1000, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/4000sec

ISO1000, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/4000sec


Photo 5 – Horizon low

ISO720, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/4000sec

ISO720, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/4000sec


At the time I was considering and taking the photos, the one that I felt best served the scene was photo 3. This is because due to the lack of detail in either the sky or the ground, there is nothing to really hold the eyes’ interest except for the contours of the horizon itself. I guess had there been a setting sun in the scene, or some interesting cloud formation or a flock of birds, then a horizon at the mid-low position (photo 4) would have better suited. A position of mid-high (2) would have suited a scene containing clear or defined foreground details.







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