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    Composing upside down

    Am I the only one who finds it easier to compose upside down? I tried doing some handheld stuff with the sports finder on my Speed Graphic, and I had a really hard time getting a composition I liked.
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    I like WLF on smaller cameras to. Upside down isn't an problem.

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    I think viewing upside down ("umop episdn"?) helps to concentrate on the composition as a whole rather than on the objects in the photo. For much the same reason, copying drawings upside down is a standard exercise for art students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    Am I the only one who finds it easier to compose upside down? I tried doing some handheld stuff with the sports finder on my Speed Graphic, and I had a really hard time getting a composition I liked.
    If you had used your sports finder in australia, you wouldn't have had a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    If you had used your sports finder in australia, you wouldn't have had a problem
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    No, you are not alone.

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    You are not alone...but I am not with you. I would prefer for the ground glass image to always be oriented the same way that the print will be oriented. I don't care enough to use one of those big honking mirror thingies on the back of my camera, however.
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    It's upside down? After 30 years, I really don't pay much attention to the orientation. And since I make single transfer carbon prints, the images end up backwards...so I don't mind looking at the image reversed on the GG. Not to mention that I learned photography using a TLR Rolleiflex. Backwards is normal enough to me.

    Once years ago I remember spending a lot of time under the darkcloth and when I popped my hear out from under it, it was the rest of the world that seemed upside down.

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    I find that composing upside down often seems easier since the image is more abstract and you don't have the usual pre-conceived notions of how it should look--not that the results are correspondingly better.

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    I must admit I really don't notice the difference. The key thing for me is composition, so whether the image is upside-down, back-to-front (as with my TLR) or the right-way-up makes little difference. I do prefer focussing on a large format GG though, especially my new Maxwell HI-LUX Ultra Brilliant Matte 4.7 screen which often removes the need to use a focussing cloth!
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