Professional Photographer and filmmaker. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Phil Koch, a Wisconsin photographer, is one of the reasons I joined Flickr so many years ago. He has great vision through his lens and seems to have a genuinely positive outlook on life that it is reflected through his photography. He is one of the few photographer who are gifted painters of photos.
Phil is from Wisconsin and every image in his Flickr gallery is photographed there. But there are two unique aspects of Phil’s photos: every image is a vertical, and every image has the horizon line dead center. Composition be damned!
A little over a year ago I bought the Canon 7D with a standard lens. I bought the camera for film making but started shooting rather boring landscapes. I always wanted to try to shoot a good vertical landscape because I have noticed very few do that. So my goal, a little over a year ago now, was to take one good vertical a day, forcing myself to really look at both the sky and what was on the ground in front of me. I call them vertical “Horizons” because I split the photo in half. So many people think I am breaking the basic rule of photography doing this, but if you stand in a field and look at the world in front of you the horizon is always dead center of vision no matter how tall you are. Now blow this image up to say a 20×26 and its as if you are there and can walk into the photo.
You can see more of Phil’s ‘Horizons’ work at MyHorizonArt.com
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Author: LA Pride
LA Pride is a native Floridian who is interested in many things including temporal physics, critical thinking, board games, kite boarding and photography to name a few. His primary areas of interest include UI design, vector and 3D art. He is also the Founder and Sr. Web Developer of NQN Media Group. You can visit his website, or friend him on Facebook.