* Wed C&C "No Theme" Thread #663 on 2021 01 06 *

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MikePDX Senior Member • Posts: 2,203
Cropping is such a personal thing

RoelHendrickx wrote:

Fox328 wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

minniev wrote:

This time of year several kinds of gulls and terns show up for a month or so to winter with the egrets and herons at the dam. A sunrise with low fog makes them a fun target. I didn't realize til I looked at some of them that the birds cast their own shadows on the fog in these conditions.

I really like the shape of the silhouette, and of course the shadow-on-fog effect.

But I am unsure about the crop.

We need the water below and we need a bit of room for the shadow and we need some forward area for the bird to fly into, and he cannot be forced against the top or the left edge of the image, but I still feel that a bit less real estate would be more. A square crop would put the bird too much in the center.

I can't find an easy or obvious crop here, but I still feel like it would improve with some cropping intervention. Dilemma.

I posted my own comment first, and only then looked at Mike's and Pete's.

I was immediately pleased with Mike's crop. It emphasizes the verticality of the shadow without losing the horizontal motion. And he finds the sweet spot for compositional placement, IMHO.

I somehow disagree. I've also tried cropping this picture because of the seemingly empty space. But then i missed something. The damping water does add something to the atmosphere of the picture. I don't know what it is but somehow it doesn't feel right for me to crop it out. Just my 2 cents.



In Mike's crop (see above in his comment post) the water is still present. In fact I would go so far as to say that his crop makes the turbulence in the water even more prominent, creating an image that has, IMHO, more tension because of the dual subject.

But of course, we do not have to agree. That is the beauty of opinions.


Disagreement on a particular crop is indeed natural, and part of the value of this critique thread.  For me, and I underscore "for me", the original crop conveys a feeling of emptiness, maybe.  My attempt at cropping somehow seems more uplifting.  Both crops have value and the final choice is a function of what feeling the artist wants to convey.

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