DEVELOPING YOUR EYE- PART II- LANDSCAPES – CROP YOUR IMAGE- DAY 6.

Cropping can be an essential component in the post processing stage of image presentation.  For example, a specific element of an image may  emerge as the most salient point and needs to be displayed as an individual image. This is where cropping is essential.

However, as we are learning in Developing Your Eye, it is necessary to not only look at what we are photographing but also to really see it.

This is where we all need to develop our skills in composition.

The following images illustrate that point.

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THE FULL FRAME OF MR BROWN CROSSING THE MURRAY RIVER NEAR TOM GROGAN, NSW. DRIVEN BY Mr CREAKY AND  TAKEN BY Mrs. C.

The full frame image doesn’t have the impact of the cropped version.

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MR BROWN AFTER CROPPING.

The following full frame landscape view of Chambers Pillar and its companion outcrops is an interesting image.

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However in cropped form, the Pillar looks even more enticing.

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IN CROPPED FORM THE WALKING TRACK AROUND THE PILLAR CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN.

The following landscape shows the ruins of the historic  Pommeroy  Flour Mill not far from where I live. I made this image for a competition where ‘leading lines’ was the subject. _DSC1425 copy 2

However, the historic mill itself is really the dominant feature of the image as demonstrated in the following crop.

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NOTE THAT THE CROP HAS ALSO REMOVED THE WIND GENERATOR BLADES FROM THE BACKGROUND.

The following image shows how infrastructure development in residential areas makes for interesting photography. At the same time, the telegraph pole, conveniently situate in the middle of the frame presents a perfect point from which to crop the image to emphasise the size of the machinery being used.

Of the two options, the copse of trees on the left side could be a distraction where the background hillside on the right has no distractions and that was my choice.

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THE SIZE OF THE CHERRY PICKER NOW DOMINATES THE IMAGE.

This ‘tired and emotional’ spectator chose to relax in the arena during a gymkhana.

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In the cropped version the spectator looks even more relaxed.

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The arena just happened to be in the dry bed of the Todd River in Alice Springs, Central Australia. The Control Tower signage is a classic example Territorian humour.

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TERRITORIAN’S SENSE OF HUMOUR- ALICE SPRINGS. 

Now just in case the sign’s nomenclature offends, a judicious crop has saved the day.

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In closing it’s important to note that the higher the resolution of the original image, the more detail and greater size you can obtain in most  crops.

Thanks for looking and till tomorrow, hoo roo.

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