Weekly Photo Challenge : One shot, two ways

This week, the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has us thinking about whether the landscape or the portrait shot is best for what we want to say.

I have been having a nostalgic few days of sorting through my archive of transparencies recently, triggered by things I have read, both on blogs and in the media. Today’s little burst was triggered by reading an article about the Harz mountains, and more specifically about the enchanting medieval city of Quedlinburg. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to it’s medieval heritage – it has over 1,000 pre 16th century buildings. I first visited Qued, as my husband and I used to call it, in 1993 before the rebuilding had started. Everything seemed to be in dingy grey-brown, but there was no denying the amazing timbered buildings. We were on a tight timeline then, and hardly saw the place. But we swore that we would return. That we did in 2001, and the place was already transformed. I recall commenting to one of the residents about the restoration (in my halting German), and she responded “Gott sei Dank!” and going on to tell me about the way the town had been neglected for years, and how good it was to see the improvements. I said that we had last visited in May 1993, and she told me the rebuilding had commenced in the Autumn of that year.

So, here goes for my images from the 2001 visit…. I have chosen the portrait and landscape views of the roofscape, from up near the castle if my memory serves me right. The landscape view I think gives an imposing skyline, whilst the portrait one, taken from a slightly different viewpoint, highlights the magnificent steep pitched old roof of one of the buildings.

What do you think?





  1. Vertical for me. I feel as if I’m in the moment.

  2. Love the photos and your header too!

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  5. Prefer the portrait – It really does emphasise that steep roof. Looks like a ski jump ….

  6. In this case, the portrait shot allows you to really highlight the peaked roofs. Nicely done.

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