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[C&C] This or that? The definite thread for cropping photo critique!

Discussion in 'Photo Critique' started by Armanius, May 3, 2013.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    For this thread, post two different versions of the same photo, but cropped differently. Feel free to explain which one you like better, what you were thinking when you did the crop, etc.

    And hopefully folks will chime in with thoughts on what works. And what doesn't.

    I often wonder if the way I framed a photo was sufficient to capture everything I wanted to capture, or perhaps too much, or perhaps not enough. While processing the photos, I see different elements on a photo that may peak my interest, but which sometimes, I didn't even notice when I first took the photo. It makes me wonder, what crop works better and what does not work. Should I crop here or there? Should I highlight this or that?

    #1 - This photo was previously posted on the strawberry farm thread. I cropped it pretty tight because I wanted to highlight the interaction between the woman and the boy, and also show the woman's facial expression.

    Froberg_Farm-12.

    #2 - This photo was also cropped, but it gives the viewer a better idea of the environment. I personally like the close up better.

    Strawberry_-_Large-1.


    ps: I'm not sure if there's already a thread similar to this. If there is, my apologies to the mods. Feel free to consolidate! :)

    pps: I'm so proud of myself. I started a thread and didn't even mention anything about gear!! Maybe my GAS is cured ...
     
  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I too like the first (cropped) image - it has more immediacy.
     
  3. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I think I finally worked out what GAS means - Gear Aspiration Syndrome?

    ps The first wins - You are involved as a bystander / onlooker & part of the group
     
  4. NightBird

    NightBird SC Regular

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    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Darren
    I prefer to see the context that the subject matter is photographed in. Even though in this case it's fairly identifiable in both crops I still prefer the second a little more.

    Btw, great idea for a thread!
     
  5. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

    344
    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    I think that, strictly speaking, it's actually Gear Acquisition Syndrome - but who cares about details? :wink:

    You're certainly thinking along the right lines! :biggrin:
     
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  6. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    In this case I prefer the more tightly cropped image.

    Yesterday, my son and I noticed that the store was suddenly full of stone fruit, cherries and blueberries. Looking forward to summer fruit!
     
  7. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Portrait of C

    Here are Three Photos off a slide scan with conversion to BW on first two. (One with additional softening via the Haze filter in the Fuji Finepix editor)

    The Third is a crop off the colour slide also using the Haze filter so that colours and tone are more muted. It has been rotated 30 degree.








    Question? Did you tilt your head when you viewed the last cropped one?

    Well that’s what I was trying to get you to do. I feel it gives a sort of an involvement with the viewer rather than just giving a cursory glance.
     
  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I didn't tilt my head. But then, I'm looking at the photo on my iPhone via Tapatalk. So the photos look really small.
     
  9. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    If I knew the woman and the boy or if the shot was showing the center of the woman`s attention, i. e. whatever the boy holds in his hands (might it be a 2 pound strawberry or a snake?) I`d prefer Nr1. In this case, however, Nr2 which shows me the environment of the strawberry field and the activity ongoing there is my pick.
     
  10. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I prefer the second, but my gut thinks i'd like in between.
     
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Let's get this thread going!

    Doing my part to focus on photographs (and not gear). For now anyway!

    Which photo do y'all think is more compelling?

    10357292826_db3e9261e8_b.
    Bluebonnet Season by Armanius, on Flickr


    10357291455_ec82d1ccf0_b.
    Bluebonnet Season Crop by Armanius, on Flickr

    I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like better. I decided to do a crop after pixel peeping the image above at 100%, which did not fit the 27" screen. So when I got to the tree area, it seemed to make a compelling photo in itself. What do y'all think?
     
  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I like the more focused composition of the second. The building in the first image seems out of place. The other advantage of the crop is that the exposure difficulties in the clouds are no longer present.
     
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    And I like the mystery and intrigue of that little building in the 1st. The 2nd is just a beautiful landscape. And there's nothing wrong with that.
     
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  14. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    In all 3 examples so far, I like #2 better.
     
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  15. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I like both. If I had to choose, 1
     
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  16. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    I am prone to "exclude" a lot in my normal shooting, but sometimes the "inclusion" makes it more interesting. I'm glad someone started this thread. Maybe, it will help me take a closer look at my own "habits".
     
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  17. EasyEd

    EasyEd SC Regular

    143
    Dec 22, 2010
    Hey All,

    yeah kinda like "in your face"! :biggrin:

    -Ed-
     
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  18. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    That's a very insightful comment Steve. In retrospect now, I think I am also more prone to "exclude" than to "include." I do crop a lot. That might be reflective of my not thinking enough before I take the shot -- which is something I never thought about.
     
  19. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I tilted my head. I like it!
     
  20. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

    646
    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I tend to shoot close myself, and 2 is good, but I like 1 better. The waves of color in the flowers are more pronounced - pink blue pink yellow. It gives a feeling of spaciousness, something I'm not used to seeing without crops or scrub to break it up. 2 focuses more on the neat tree, but it doesn't give that sense of almost magical flowering.
     
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