PHOTO: Kitsap Frames Challenge #10: Tilted Horizon or Dutch Angle

Photographers usually try to keep the horizon line perpendicular in their photos but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Tilting the camera to give your shot a dramatic angle or to fit something else into the frame is always an option (though the technique is frowned upon by some).

Kitsap Frames Challenge #10 : Tilted Horizon or Dutch Angle

Tilted Horizon and Dutch Angle are basically the same thing yet I’m giving you definitions of each.

Tilted Horizon: the horizon line in the photograph is not perpendicular in the frame. A tilted horizon is accomplished by simply tilting the camera so the horizon is at an angle.

Dutch Angle (no offense intended to those of the Dutch descent): is a technique used in photography to create or convey dramatic effects or portray a psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed or photographed.  Dutch angle is accomplished by simply tilting the camera so the horizon is at an angle to the bottom of the frame of the shot.

Our own Derek Sheppard even wrote a post about dutch angles back in August.

Again we encourage you to get out there and shoot the challenge in the week that it is posted but we will accept previously shot images. Choose your best/favorite image and upload it to the site (directions are at the end of this post for those who are new).

This challenge will end Tuesday, April 6th.

Here are a few tilted horizon/Dutch angle photographs to get you thinking (please take notice that Angela’s shot not only uses Dutch angle but is comprised of Dutch subjects- which is just delightful! ). 🙂

“Dutch” by Angela Dice (Sun Staff)

USS Kitty Hawk active duty sailor AEAN Tyler Henderson salutes a past crew members of America’s oldest active warship as he comes onboard. ( LARRY STEAGALL |  KITSAP SUN)
Al Thurlow (left) and Ron Harrell guide the barge into the dock at Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport where they were transferring a truckload of fish to the net pens in Agate Pass. (MEEGAN M. REID |  KITSAP SUN)

***To recap: Every week we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).

We’ll post the entries as we get them and pick a few “winners” (again you only win bragging rights as of now) at the close of the challenge week.***

~Meegan M. Reid