What is your favourite aspect ratio?

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  1. StigHagen

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    Hi!

    What is your favourite aspect ratio? I don't want to limit the discussion to negative format, since it is possible to crop negatives. Also I believe some have several favourites depending on subject matter. Please make a list.

    I calculate the aspect ratio the following way:
    long side / short side = aspect ratio
    eg. for 4x5" film: 5 / 4 = 1.25

    Since I'm in Europe I find 4x5 LF format to be a little off with standard frames, so I'm actually going from 1.25 ratio to 1.33 by cropping my negs a bit. And actually I like the European format a lot :smile:
     
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  3. Steve Smith

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    I also like 1:1 but I like panoramic 2:1 and 3:1 too.


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    1.00. Square is wonderful. For rectanlge I prefer 1.33.
     
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    1.00 or 1.38 (which in practical terms is 6x6 or 13x18 cm in my case).

    Steve, any progress on your 2:1 camera, BTW? :smile:
     
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    24x36 which is uncropped 35mm : 1:1,5
     
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    Depends on what I am doing. Sometimes 1:1.5; sometimes 1:1 sometimes 1:1.25; sometimes 2.7182818284590452353602874713526624977572...

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    1, unless I'm feeling really adventurous, in which case it's 1 with a 90 degree twist. Leo
     
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    1.67 by your reckoning (3:5, mine), depending almost entirely on the image. My thoughts...
     
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    I let the image tell me but usually settle on either 4:5 or 2:3.
     
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    I have an ongoing, highly volatile love affair with the square.

    I'm generally too lazy (or unconcerned) to crop so, neg format == print format which is either 1.0, 1.25 or 1.4. When I'm feeling ambitious, I'll go for a 1.571428571429 but, I avoid 1.61803398875 like the plague (it's cliche!).
     
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    Which kind? :wink:
     
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    This begs the question, should you shoot and crop to fixed ratios or crop to what you feel is best and bugger the ratio.
     
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    That's just crazy. Have you tried a 180 degree twist? I did with my Rolleicord a few weeks ago to get a shot over a tall fence.


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    6X9 and 5X7...you do the math.
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    I crop according to the individual image, I prefer 6X6 because it's easy to crop either to portrait or landscape format.
     
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    For a while I was a fan of capturing my composition regardless of aspect ratio. I found in printing that my prints tended to fall into a few different aspect ratios within small. So I measured them to find out what they were (and had to do some research to interpret the results).

    Turns out that I "see" in just a few aspect ratios. One is 4:3, which fits fairly nicely on my 5x4 film. Then there's the golden ratio ((1 + sqrt(5))/2, or 1:1.618, which works out to about 5x3. And there's a panoramic ratio I see in sometimes, about 1:sqrt(5), or about 1:2.24, or about 5x2.25

    Having found this out, and also facing the problems of printing and framing if each print is a custom size, I've started to limit my prints to one of these three aspect ratios. And it's working out just fine, and simplifying my printing/framing too.

    I have no idea why it works out like this for me. The human mind is a mysterious place.
     
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    There's more than one number there Dave so it's plural even as an abbreviation "maths" :D

    In no order of preference:
    1:1
    1:1.25
    1:2.83

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    I always crop if I find it serves the image well. Though in a perfect world I would like the image to match standard frame sizes by having standard ratio :wink:
     
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    thanks for your thoughts, nice article...
     
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    Ok, that is it! I have had enough of this ratio stuff so I am going to do a 360º and get out of here. :sideways:

    Steve
     
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    Actually I have a very nice rig to do 360 :wink: