You know what, I think I prefer this one. Yes. The landscape view is much more pleasing to the eye, especially being able to glance along the horizon more. The blue on the left cools the view down slightly whilst also making the sun seem more intense in terms of a focal point. It may also help that the sun is off centre and the irregular (non-uniform) view makes it more special.
I just like the balance this one has between the hot and cold colours a lot more.
I prefer it as well.. but in the two days of photography class I tolerated.. the teacher told me that I should always tell a story with my photography.. and I thought that even though the tall cropped one was uglier.. it did tell my story better..
I guess the only story I like to tell is that nature.. and life in general.. is beautiful
thank you so much for your comments I really do appreciate them!
Hmm, yes in some cases a story within the image does pull you into it more ... I have to agree with that. However, there are perfectly good photos that do not require a story to keep me mesmerised . Hehe.
... Thinking about it though ... a photo will always have something to say just through it's existence. Hehe, so now after contradicting myself ... thinking about what you want to say is a great way of getting closer to that photo that's 'different' or 'special' that you are after. I would imagine it allows you to scrutinise what you are putting in front of your lens more.
I think the story you tell is just that, that nature always has something to tell us.