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Cropping

Difficult!  Selecting from the images taken for the exercises, not a lot to choose from!  The image captured was often the only acceptable crop, cropping for the sake of it made little sense.  However, there were several shots from the portrait v landscape exercise that lent themselves to a better composition than originally dictated by that exercise.  Having selected 3 that were suitable candidates, choosing how to crop them required much more thinking!  “Trees” seemed an easier decision, but curves and lines was much more tricky to select an appealing crop.  Presented here in order of difficulty!

“Trees” – Original Image

“Trees” – Annotated

The original image from the “portrait v landscape” exercise had an expanse of colourless grey in the lower right, which disturbed the palette of the image, and removing that dull area, then left a border of dark green to the left.  The image was intentionally about the strong golden colour cast, and it seemed right to crop the image to focus on that strong colour, the strong verticals, and the blue of the skies.  The cropped final image is below.

“Trees” – Final Crop

The next image in the sequence was originally taken in portrait, but the expanse of foreground that the wide angle lens imparted appears to push the building away from the viewer, not always a bad thing, but the foreground lacks any object that could create a foreground interest.

“Curves” – Original

“Curves” – Notes

Cropping the image to remove the foreground, and using a square crop seemed to produce a more pleasing image.  However, the tower to the right still looms large, and disrupts the otherwise solid symmetry of the image.  An original taken from a different vantage point (difficult in this situation, and as a visiting pedestrian) would have produced a more pleasing composition in the first place.  The cropped, final image is below.

“Curves” – Final Crop

The final in the sequence of three proved much trickier to find the right crop.  Several elements were disrupting the image.  The original was taken using a wide angle lens, so it was difficult to exclude border “clutter”.  Elements of the picture that added interest were always in the wrong place when any crop was performed, very frustrating.  What originally drew the attention was the reflected light from the high crystal towers on to the dark concrete flats.  From this vantage point the strong verticals and horizontal also converged at a point where people could be seen through the glass edifice.  It seemed right to crop to include this elements at the cost of losing others.

“Lines” – Original

“Trees” – Notes

The original image had included distracting foliage to the left, and a large area of white space to the top right.  Several crop options that retained either of these elements resulted in them influencing the image too much and creating a greater distraction.  The pedestrian crossing the road was an important element as it provide a sense of scale and movement, something “living” in the scene.  However, a crop that retained the walker, whilst losing the white space and the foliage resulted in an unbalanced image.  The most succesful crop was a tight crop, focusing on the original elements of the scene, reflected light and strong lines.  The cropped final image is below.

“Lines” – Final Crop

Categories: Exercises
Posted by lostolmos on November 4, 2012

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