EXERCISE: Cropping.

Although we were asked to print images and look at cropping, I felt it would be better to consider cropping in my editing suite. It is more comfortable for me to do so and where I am ultimately going to be considering cropping as part of my workflow.

The exercise asked us to look at 3 of our own images. ( I hope I have interpreted that properly?) I thought it would be good to go back to older images and reconsider how I had cropped and if I would have done anything any different.

SG/CB06, found below, shows three different images. The first image in each row is the original frame, the middle image in each row shows the crop guide I have worked with and the final image is the finished product.

The top row shows the most radically cropped image after much manoeuvring of the crop guide. I had been out shooting street photography and was prepared for a different image that required a vertical frame. This shop trader caught my eye and I responded to it but had to be quick. Fortunately the crop seems to have worked although ideally I wouldn’t have wanted to salvage an image to this degree.

The second row was a reasonable frame anyway and had originally applied a ‘tidy up’ crop. I wanted to see if there was any other way the image could be further enhanced by means of cropping. As it turned out the original crop administered was still holding true.

The bottom row is an image I KEEP going back to. The sky is huge in the original frame and doesn’t add to the image, yet if I crop out sky then the balance of the horizon and general composition changes. The crop chosen has retained balance and brought the trees forward but I am disappointed that such a large crop is required.

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Exercise: Horizontal and Vertical frames.

Please find corresponding images below this entry.

I had to adapt this exercise in that I didn’t shoot all 20 images vertically and then go back around again to shoot horizontally. I did each pair one at a time. This was for logistical reasons I will happily correspond about privately. However, I think I probably gave myself more time to consider each pair as a result.

Where I could I kept the focal length same in each set, although the focal length differed between sets.

Again, another worthy exercise to wake me up to needing to consider lots of options when surveying a potential image. There were no particular difficulties in making any given image work each way and decisions would be made in future based on what it is that I aim to achieve. As with the focal length exercise, the context needs to be considered. found that generally the context of each subject is better demonstrated in landscape presentation.

Exercise: Positioning Horizon.

This exercise was to look at how we place a horizon in the frame.

I am fairly guilty in using standard rule of thirds positioning in my horizons and this exercise gave me food for thought.

SG/CB03 shows the six images taken. I put them together in this way for convenience and easy reference but when enlarged on the screen each horizon changes the character of the image and I will be taking this lesson onwards with me. Oddly the preferred image is still where the horizon sits on the bottom third but will be keeping this exercise to mind when approaching landscape work.