In Venice, streets and bridges are very narrow that only humans are possible to pass through…well, perhaps a few cars and motorcycles too. Gondolas and vaporettos are the main vehicle that the locals (and tourists) use to go about their daily business. Walking though, is still the best way to go, thus, Venice streets are pretty jam-packed with people trying to find their way to St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s square, the Rialto Bridge and even the Grand Canal.
Landscape versus Portrait format. One of the many decisions that a photographer consider before taking that shot or shooting a chunk of reality is the format of the photo. Landscape format, as the name suggests is shooting on a horizontal composition – the image being wide than tall while portrait format is the other way around. As you may have guessed, a horizontal composition would show in more details of a scenery, a landscape – of a mountain range, a lake, a view of the horizon and sunset over a hill. Portrait formats are therefore, for portraiture…but it’s not always the case. There is no hard-written rule for these.
When you shoot, you should try to frame your subject well by eliminating the distractions or details that would only lead the viewer’s eyes astray. So for the above photo, there are still many distractions as the windows on the buildings but with a portrait format, you can see how tight this canal is. You are also shown how tall the buildings are and thus painting a landscape of Venice in such fashion.
Never hesitate to do a portrait format when you are outside to take a beautiful scenery before your eyes. Try framing your photos in landscape and in portrait. Your memory card would be enough to hold all of them.