Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Landscapes in Portrait Mode

Shannon has challenged us to take a Landscape photo using the vertical, or portrait, orientation rather than the traditional horizontal, or landscape, mode. I had to search through a number of photos in my files to find an entry for this challenge and along the way I came up with a few observations about what works well in this non-traditional composition.

1. Fill the foreground

By using the lower one or two thirds of the frame you can draw attention to a distant subject.


2. Accentuate a vertical subject

Use the portrait format to focus attention on tall subjects.


3. Frame your subject to create interest

Shoot through a doorway, arch or window to isolate a point of view.


How do you use the Portrait mode to take traditional Landscape subjects?

  6 comments for “Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Landscapes in Portrait Mode

  1. December 22, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    These are great, and so are your explanations! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  2. December 21, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Some good examples here!


  3. December 20, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    The Vertical images of the GG bridge is astounding!
    What a good photo lesson.
    I’ll have to keep these technics in mind


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