Working Square Aspect Ratios – It’s Hip to Be Square!

Sometimes during a photography workshop, when we find the photography students are happily snapping away, we may grab a few shots of them at work or the environment we’re in. On last year’s Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings workshop, I was armed only with our point-n-shoot camera, a Panasonic Lumix LX-5, and snagged a few shots during our visit to an autowrecker’s yard. Our group gets private access to this gem of rusty relics, and we spend a good few hours in there discovering pixel treasures. For fun, I decided to work the square aspect ratio on the LX-5. Here’s the results!

Rusty red car and grass

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Rusty red car and grass

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Brown truck and thistles

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Piled cars in weeds

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Grass and truck tail light

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Blue car hood

©Samantha Chrysanthou

We still have space in the Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings workshop but the date is coming up fast! You can read some of the nice things past participants have said about this event here. Along with old cars, we visit Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park and tour the prairie roads winding through crops and massive wind turbines. And of course we visit old buildings and other hidden relics on the prairie.

Wind turbines, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Wind turbines, Alberta, Canada

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Fence and grassy field near Badlands

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Darwin at Dry Island Buffalo Jump

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Darwin at Dry Island Buffalo Jump

Next up: this coming weekend’s photo workshop in Prince George, B.C.! We follow our ‘Photocram’ format and stuff in loads of learning in a short blast of photographic goodness. These workshops offer big bang for your buck ($250 for a weekend course…seriously????), so if you aren’t able to join us at one of our destination workshops, consider a Photocram event next time we’re in your area. Or maybe even see you at Prince George…? Talk to Debbie to see if there’s still space. If you can’t make it to Prince George, then maybe head up to Edmonton in September for our Creative Landscape Photography course at the Paul Burwell School of Photography.

Prince George Photocram

Next stop Prince George, BC. See you there?

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  1. Al Dixon
    June 11, 2014

    Funny you should post this today. As I’m processing some of my shots from the HDR Workshop a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been playing with the square aspect ratio on some of them. So far, fairly pleased with the results.

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  2. Henrik
    June 11, 2014

    It’s always a surprise, what a change a simple crop action can do to a photo! I enjoyed your collection! In my home town i plan for an exhibition in 2015: As I’ll publish small planets only for that exhibition, I’ll put only 1:1 aspect ratio photos on display. So, as not to bore people, I’ll also mix some pictures between with a 3:3 aspect ratio ;-) !
    Just here’s a sample, of how my small planets look like in 1:1
    http://www.mopswerk.de/2014/05/bruchsal-feldkirchle-interactive-panorama/
    (contains also a link to an interactive pano)
    Will be curious what’s next on your blog!

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  3. Working the Square Aspect Ratio
    June 11, 2014

    […] Sometimes during a photography workshop, when we find the photography students are happily snapping away, we may grab a few shots of them at work or the environment we’re in. On last year’s Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings workshop, I was armed only with our point-n-shoot camera, a Panasonic Lumix LX-5, and snagged a few shots during our visit to an autowrecker’s yard. Our group gets private access to this gem of rusty relics, and we spend a good few hours in there discovering pixel treasures. For fun, I decided to work the square aspect ratio on the LX-5. Here’s the results!  MORE… […]

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