Horizontal flips February 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

One of the easy mistakes you can make scanning film (you know, film, one of the few things that Kodak makes money on) is that you can flip the horizontal when scanning. It’s really interesting how this effects pictures. Some things are more or less the same flipped, or at least both ways round make sense. This picture, which I used on the blog last month, is an example. Here’s the original:

Winter Shore

And the flip:

Winter Shore flipped

You could make a case for both of those images I think.

Others fair less well though. I don’t mind this too much (although I don’t love it):

Winter landscape

It’s flip, though, I hate.

Winter landscape flipped

It seems unbalanced to me. I can’t quite understand why it seems to work so much less well, but it does. Symmetry gets broken in photography too…

2 Responses to “Horizontal flips”

  1. Let me guess – you are right-handed? or your right eye is dominant?

  2. Hmmm, I don’t know about the right eye, but I am left handed (although taught by my school – which was stuck in the 19th century – to write with my right). How would that affect things anyway? I can see that it would, but not what the result would be…