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Old Dec 18, 2009, 7:13 PM   #1
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ok took this photo earlier today - with a little level editing to bring out detail in the clouds i got this image...



but now as i often do - i want to improve the composisition by cropping it

advise is welcome and solicited as i cant quite descide - i was gonna go with a panaoramic crop taking maybe the bottom half aproximately or possibly the middle section. so what do you think is the best bet for getting a good image from this?
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Old Dec 18, 2009, 9:05 PM   #2
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Actually, it is not bad, but there are always alternatives. Here's one:

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Yeah, I like Pens crop. the fence post in the foreground is a little distracting.
Otherwise, its a nice shot.
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Old Dec 19, 2009, 6:26 PM   #4
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yeah not a bad crop - think i'll save out a couple of different ones - maybe print them out while at it

pah just wish there had been a little extra snow when shot it
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Old Dec 20, 2009, 3:39 PM   #5
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I like both the original and Penolta's crop - really makes for a different mood with & without fence. If you want to keep the fence, perhaps a little cropped off the right to give it some balance...
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I really like the original, although the post is distracting it also brings you immediately to the wire fence which leads you to the trees and from there the line of clouds (which is roughly parallel to the fence) converges with the horizon to form a strong z shape through the entire image (Zorro has traded his sword for a Pentax). I can see lots of successful crops in this image but it stands so well on its own that I would leave it as it is.
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Here's my offering having boosted the highlight detail to emphasis the sky & going for a portrait crop - I like the fencing as it leads the eye towards the setting sun.
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Hi John,

Here's my take -- the crop is fine, but the frontmost fencepost is distracting, IMO. I do like what others have done, but I like the original composition, except for that fencepost.

I shortened the post so it's not as intrusive, and I think that the effect is pretty good.

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I like the setting sun the most. And the big post distracts from it. So, I got rid of the big post.
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Hi John,
I think the original composition is very good, by the rule of thirds the sunset is well placed, and the fence line leads the eye toward this. My take is to remove the offending foreground fencepost and replicate one more in proportion to the others. Here's a quick sample. .. Jack
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