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mpaul73 Mar 30, 2003 3:22 PM

Best Crop?
 
Hi,
I'm very new to photography and need some advice. I took this pic today and feel it needs to be cropped to gve it more impact but I am not sure what is the best crop? Can someone with more experience tell me what they would do with it? Comments good or bad are welcome!

cheers
Martin

http://myweb.thump.net/800628/ducks.jpg

Klaus DK Mar 31, 2003 4:01 PM

You should crop OUT the area above and left of the ducks. Close - but not too close - get my point ?
Good luck. Nice catch.

checklg Apr 1, 2003 6:50 AM

I'd also consider taking out some of the picture to the right of the ducks as well.

Klaus DK Apr 1, 2003 1:42 PM

I think that would ruin the composition. The ducks are looking to the right...you got to have something to lead the eye - if you get my point!

You could do both and repost them - could be interesting.

Tomsch Apr 1, 2003 2:40 PM

Square Ducks
 
Everyone will start screaming as soon as I say it but this is a prime candidate for a square format, as there are only two and they appear neatly stacked I would use a square crop and mount with an oversized mat. I have several square photos and they are handsome to look at. Give it a try, it doesn't really cost anything! This would be my two cents worth, now I will be quiet and let each explain his own vision.

mpaul73 Apr 2, 2003 3:08 AM

Two Versions
 
ok guys, duck, here come two crops...

http://myweb.thump.net/800628/square%20ducks.jpg

http://myweb.thump.net/800628/left%20ducks.jpg

I think the second one works best. What do you prefer?

cheers
Martin

Klaus DK Apr 2, 2003 4:41 AM

mpaul73.

Yes def. no. 2.

By chance to sound too clever - next time you could consider lowering your camerapoint.

checklg Apr 3, 2003 6:42 AM

I'd say I still prefer version 1 but I agree with Klaus about lowering the camera point. Mind you, once you did that I think it would open up the question of framing again.

While I think there is an argument for leading the eye through framing with certain shots, I believe that this approach works best with more "active" wildlife subjects (such as birds of prey).

I could be wrong but I suspect that these ducks are zzzzzz.

Mike_PEAT Apr 3, 2003 7:24 AM

It all depends on what you want to say with your picture (a picture's worth a 1000 words :lol: )...do you want to say, "look at these ducks" or do you want to say, "these ducks are looking at something, look in that direction."

Yes there's the rule of thirds, and in #2 the ducks would take up two-thirds and where they're looking would take up the final third, but if you just want to focus on (no pun intended) the beauty of the ducks, ignore the rest of the scene and don't give your viewer a chance to see the rest of the scene.

Klaus DK Apr 4, 2003 11:05 AM

The point here's the old saying: "The rule is that there is no rules"


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