Looking Out From Wenlock Edge ~ One Subject Two Formats



You can see why this part of Shropshire falls within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These shots were taken on the viewpoint just past Hilltop on Wenlock Edge and I’m looking south-west towards the Shropshire Hills. You can see, too, why poet, A E Housman called them ‘blue remembered hills’. They seem like a memory even if you have never clapped eyes on them before.

And so when presented with the kind of blissful panoramic views that the Edge provides, it is tempting to try to capture all of it. And that usually does not work, not unless the light is perfect, and your photographic skills are considerably greater than mine. Even this landscape view is only a small segment of the 180 degree vista. I chose it because I liked the visual flow of man-made fields towards the grassy uplands, and the here-and-there accents of hedgerow and woodland; the many shades of green.  Also, despite the millennia of human intervention here, you can still discern the landscape’s natural rhythms beneath the pastoral surface.

It’s a soothing scene to look AT. But the portrait version, I feel, is doing something rather different. It invites you into the landscape as if stepping through a door; it is therefore more actively affecting. Just my thoughts anyway. Also a thank you to Paula for stirring us up to think about the different effects of landscape and portrait composition.


Thursday’s Special: Portrait vs Landscape

37 thoughts on “Looking Out From Wenlock Edge ~ One Subject Two Formats

  1. Marvelous green hills, Tish! For me, this view is the epitome of an English countryside. Outstanding in every respect. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  2. Those blue remembered hills, indeed! I agree with you re: the landscape format….I AM stepping into the scene! Lovely

  3. That’s a beautiful countryside, really beautiful. What I like about the portrait format here is that it does not show houses on the hillside, instead it zooms in on the pattern of plots, accentuates the big hill in the background. Nice take, Tish 🙂

  4. I love both shots of the valley Tish, it reminds me of and makes me want to go up on the mountain behind where I live and take more pictures of my part of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Though unlike here in the US. I love the boundary lines made by rock walls, dividing fields or property lines over there, whereas here it most always fencing. There I think this adds to the natural beauty of the landscape.
    I love the low mountains (or at least that is what I call them) here the mountains are much higher at 4,000 feet. or more, compared to the west coast they would call ours low mountains. 🙂 As always absolutely beautiful photography Tish! You make me want to come to England some day, however until that time I can see England’s beauty through your eyes! 🙂

  5. Tish I have scrolled back and forth between them for some minutes now trying to decide which perspective I like more. The one encompassing more makes me curious as to what is just beyond the sides, as if I might get a peek by strain to the side of my screen. The other, as you say, makes me feel as though I am walking over those beautiful hills. Two different photos, both gorgeous in their own right.

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  6. Lovely English countryside. I much prefer the landscape version as it shows the vast panorama in front of you and the undulation of those fields.

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