Mon. May 24, 2004
A Lesson In Orientation
About seven years ago, I wrote about my trip to Antelope Canyon: “...it was mostly dark, making it hard to compose through the viewfinder, nevermind focus. And the questions of what’s ‘vertical’ and what’s ‘horizontal’ become quite subjective.”
I didn’t know how right I was until I saw Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution. On the cover page of the Travel section, there was an article by one of their staff writers on Antelope Canyon, complete with a lovely photo … printed sideways (I know it’s supposed to be a vertical, because I shot the same view). Inside the section are three more photos, only one of which is properly oriented. Three vertical photos of the very vertical Antelope Canyon, all committed to print as horizontals.
But there’s an interesting lesson here, of some sort. I was reading the paper while we were out eating brunch, and when I got home I found the article online (reg. req’d), expecting to see the same error.
On the web, they got it right (plus, you can view enlarged versions).
Which means one of two things. It’s either another example of how errors can be quickly corrected on the web, while a printed newspaper is locked the moment it slides off the press. Or, it means the production staff in charge of converting the print paper to the web has better visual sense than the production staff that put together the print version.
But in the end, the article left me with one overwhelming thought; I really need to go back to Antelope Canyon.