Almost all pictures are rectangles with an aspect ratio somewhere between 1:1 and 1:2. (The Golden Ratio is 1:1.618, old movies and TV are 1:1.33, the new standard is 1:1.777, and in wide screen movies it is just about 1:2).
The composition within these frames is generally a picture of something positioned in the center, or it is an arrangement of various shapes and spaces that feels “balanced” in the intuitive physics of the aesthetic eye.
But panoramas are a whole different thing. Rather than having a balance that centers on a point, it is based on a line. You turn your head and scan it to see it. You must “read” it, so it takes on a temporal aspect like a line of text or music.
These are hard to experience on a web page, but I have printed some 10, even 20 feet long and they are quite cool.
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Photos by Thomas Hudson Reeve
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