I have just gone through a lot of photos to choose my favorites for 2015. I was struck by how many I had cropped to be strong horizontal or panorama photos.
I suppose I should not be surprised as I often tell students to visualize a photo with-in the frame, and not to let the frame dictate the final size.
Landscapes really are visualized as broad panoramas. When you intend to crop to a strong horizontal such as these, plan to crop equally from top and bottom, as that will give you a better optical rendering, with less distortion along any horizon line.
More favorite photos in the galleries.