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    1.67 by your reckoning (3:5, mine), depending almost entirely on the image. My thoughts...

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    1.571428571429

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    I let the image tell me but usually settle on either 4:5 or 2:3.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dehk View Post
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    Which kind?
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by 36cm2 View Post
    1, unless I'm feeling really adventurous, in which case it's 1 with a 90 degree twist. Leo
    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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    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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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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