Sunday, December 13, 2015

To Crop, Or Not To Crop, That Is The Question


The original image, immediately above, always bothered me. Too much of the floor, and too bright too, and extraneous details in the upper left, and I wasn't wild about including the whole reflection in the bumper - to literal.

I really wanted that upper left tip of the fender though - but I could not find a way to keep it while emphasizing form, and in the end decided that it was better to get rid of a relatively subdued shape, even though nice, to empasize the two wheels.

Cropping becomes part of one's style - how tight do you go, how much to sacrifice to emphasize a few important elements, tell a story by including enough surround to inform, or eliminate all reference to scale, situation and circumstance.

In general, I crop very tightly, though it's only been in the last few years that I've gone beyond tight in to the realm of ruthless.

What do you think?


TJ said...

I agree; the floor is annoying somehow. Probably beside the crop from the right side it needs a crop from below up to the edge of the furthest tire.

Juha Haataja said...

I prefer the cropped version. Perhaps it is so that the edge leads the eye away from the photograph, and when you crop then the eye doesn't wander away.

Tim said...

Rebellious as it may seem, I prefer the uncropped version - something about the left edge looks less of a mistake that way, and the far bottom-left corner looks more reasonable.

But that's only my opinion.

What I *think*, however, is that your turn of phrase `Cropping becomes part of one's style' fits so well against a book I've been reading. A dozen or more landscapies all answering questions about their "style" and "vision", an angsty quest with no definitions or guidance. Yet here you've just given us one little nugget to chew on and progress has been made. Ta.