Tall Drink of Water

Photography 101, Day 3: For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you? Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically? It’s a great question to ask when looking through your viewfinder! After you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a second shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. If you’re aiming for an establishing shot, what orientation works better? How does a vertical shot affect your scene? Which version do you prefer?


This is what water reveals about me. You may notice the water reverses my image. Almost all our photos taken with an iPhone are vertical (above), and almost all taken with the DSL are horizontal (below). Mom has been experimenting with refraction and water, and found a really unique photo on the web that she’s trying to re-create. We haven’t succeeded yet, but still working on it and these are what we’ve managed so far. We like whichever orientation fits with what we are trying to capture. A waterfall would probably fit  better vertically, where as a sunset would most likely be more flattering horizontally.


Being the editor of our boating group’s newsletter, my human runs a photo contest and puts together a couple of theme calendars consisting of the winning photos taken by her fellow PMPSS (Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron) members. One of the themes is called Waterscapes, and the other is Pets & Wildlife. Those photos are from the 2013 calendar. The 2014 calendar photos will be uploaded to Flickr in December, and the 2015 calendars just went to the printer. One criteria that she insists on is that all the photos have to be horizontal because “landscape” (horizontal) is the paper orientation.

calendar photos



8 thoughts on “Tall Drink of Water

  1. Mom usually takes all her photos both horizontally and vertically. She didn’t realize about a glass flipping the image. Dad is the REAL photographer in the family. The photos from the calendar are pawsome. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  2. You are such a silly cat.
    I like the idea but you should put the glass on a book so it is higher, oh sorry that what you did. Now crop the book out and see it looks way different. Crop in more on the subject so that all distractions are gone. Yes you are on the right path experimenting gives great results.

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    • Both photos have been cropped, but only so far. I left the book in because it kind of blended with the table and thought it was interesting, however water was the point, not optical illusions….lol. The 2nd photo I agree should be cropped more to see my goofy eyes better. I was again struggling with the spiral tunnel representing being inside a wave ..but it’s probably not working. I wish my camera had that aperture feature that blurs out the background…I didn’t see the ugly dresser in the background when I took it. I could try a photo editor. Thanks for your comments. 🙂


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