I can't help myself. It seems like all my shots look best to me at 16 x 9. Is this normal.
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Maybe you're just on a roll shooting subjects that lend themselves to that format. This one certainly does.
It's normal to me. 16 x 9 is my first choice most of the time when processing a wildlife photo. However, if it feels like it's just not working I'll go with an alternative. I think the main reason I usually do this is because most of my photos only end up in my personal screensaver slideshow (fills the entire screen with image). And also for the reasons others have explained above. If I'm planning to print a photo I'll consider all the aspect ratios equally as to what works best. For some reason, I almost always change the aspect ratio to 4 x 5 for portrait orientated photos. The native aspect ratio usually just looks too tall and narrow otherwise.
I crop to 16x9 in Lightroom quite frequently. I find I like the composition for some bird portraiture. It’s all about the story you’re trying to tell with your image.