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As a landscape photographer, separating yourself from the others can be difficult. The “Hero Shot” is the same one we all get and for good reason. It has the best composition for the location. How can you make the same shot different? The obvious solution is better light, but what about making the image into a “Tryptic”? To begin with, what is a “Tryptic”? That is the question most people ask when they hear the word. This blog post will discuss all things tryptic, so you will have a better understanding why purchasing one will separate your home gallery from your friends.


As the name implies, 3 images make up a tryptic. This can be a large panorama divided into 3 images or 3 separate images with the same theme. Maybe the images all have the same theme like barns in the Palouse. I have seen some where a family portrait is made up with the entire family in the center and the kids and pets on the outside images. There are many possibilities for tryptics when it comes to layout. 3 side by side, a large print on the right side and two small prints on the left with one on top the other, etc. Almost endless choices when designing tryptics.

red barns of the Palouse tryptic.
Fill your home gallery with tryptic images. Palouse Barn Tryptic. Limited Edition of 50 prints available.


The simple answer is because they are awesome and different. Ask your friends if they have a tryptic and the answer will be “what is that”? Now you have to explain a tryptic causing them to want one. This works great since I have some for sale. Tryptics offer a unique look for limited edition prints few people own. Maybe the space above your couch will fit a wide panorama, but you prefer something different. What a perfect fit for a tryptic. Now the home gallery is different and something you can show to friends and family. How about a new look for the office decor? Most offices can fit a nice tryptic in the customer waiting area. Although the print doesn’t take up more wall space, we can spread the 3 sections out, giving the appearance of a larger print and more visually appealing. Placing the sections around a corner can create a 3-D effect. These are just a few of the reasons you should buy limited edition tryptic prints.

tryptic image of the hay bales at the Ralph Lauren Ranch in Ridgway, Colorado
Create a unique look at home with tryptic. Double RL Haybales Tryptic. Limited Edition of 50 prints available.


Creating tryptics can be a long process. It may take years to finally get 3 images that work together. For example, I create a panorama of downtown Seattle with the Space Needle on the left third of the image. Now I try to make the tryptic and the Space Needle will be cut in half or other similar issues will occur. Obviously, if you are making a cityscape into a tryptic then some buildings will cut in half but they can't be important ones. What about a nice ocean scene with a dock going from 1 side to the other. That won't work but if the dock was right down the middle, it would be perfect. If the images are very similar, such as those in my Palouse Gallery, they may not work because the atmosphere and light are different. Tryptics need a lot of thought, so putting any 3 images together does not work. Look for strong vertical lines in your images or abstract pieces. When the tryptic is made of 3 separate images and not 1 image cut into 3, have the leading lines converge to the center. This creates a strong presence in the center image. Use 3 images from the same area taken a few minutes apart so the light and atmosphere are the same. The advantage of using abstract images is you can flip and rotate them in Photoshop to get the lines to work and no one will notice. Images where the focus is in the center work the best for dividing into a tryptic. The Tryptic below was taken in the Palouse during harvest time in August. The outside images were from Steptoe Butte taken a few minutes apart, the middle image was the next morning. The tree in the middle is the same tree on the right.

harvest season in the Palouse during sunrise and sunset.
Fill your office gallery with golden colors of the Palouse. Harvest Time Tryptic. Limited Edition of 50 prints available.


Any 3 images put together can be a tryptic but it doesn't mean it looks good. Using a panorama split into 3 but dividing an important part of the image is not what you want. Tryptics are about a theme, light, atmosphere, etc. The images tell a story. Buying limited edition tryptics should be fun and start a conversations with anyone who sees it. Use it to fill a large wall space that only a tryptic can. Maybe a panorama is too small, maybe the panorama can't be printed large enough. A tryptic can have 3 images that are 30x45 resulting in an image that is 135 inches wide. Print shops may not be able to print 135 inches but they can do 45 inches. Now you can have the panorama but in a tryptic for a new look. Next time you want a large print for your home or office gallery, think about adding a tryptic for something different. If you have any questions please use my Contact Page for any questions. Until next time, remember, unless you are being paid, fill the frame with what you like.

a lone silver barn panorama tryptic from Steptoe Butte.

A lone silver barn hiding in the shadow during sunset from Steptoe Butte. Steptoe Butte offers some of the best views in Palouse during sunrise and sunset. One of the very few places I have been to where cloudless sunrise and sunsets work the best. The gold light washes over the loess hills creating a contrast of light and shadow on the green and yellow fields. The 3 separate images are designed to hang near each other as a tryptic. Limited Edition of 50 prints available.

dallas divide view with mount sneffels in the background in the San Juan mountain range.

Standing at the Dallas Divide near Ridgway, Colorado just after a storm rolled through the area showing off the brilliant fall color. A single image would not do this scene justice so I made panorama then divided it into a tryptic. The pointy peak in the background is Mount Sneffels standing 14,158 feet tall and located in the Uncompahgre National Forest. A tryptic fine art print offers a unique way to display the image in your home or office gallery. Limited Edition of 50 prints available