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Old Dec 27, 2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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Would you crop? - and if - Where would you crop?

I do like the colours and the mood, but I'm unsure of the composition...





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Old Dec 27, 2008, 11:52 AM   #2
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I felt the beautiful foreground rock texture, lovely as it is,dominated the image, so I chopped some of it off, and then took a bit off the right to balance the image a bit better.

Also it'll fit on my 1280x1024 computer monitor, now.
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I agree with Alan T, but I think I'd go a little further.

I always look at my photos and ask myself "What do I want people to see?" People will naturally look off in the distance, and I think any extra foreground will often go to waste.
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Old Dec 27, 2008, 6:03 PM   #4
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Nice picture! Lots of good features, but a bit too much for my liking… …I think I'd trim some of the things by reframing, and try to keep it simple. I hope you don't mind me tweaking your picture, but here are a couple of versions I did using PhotoShop:

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Old Dec 28, 2008, 5:21 AM   #6
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Thank you all for commenting and re-cropping. I don't mind at all!

It was because this shot has a difficult format that I was in doubt, as whether to crop or not. At the time of shooting I found the foreground-rock very interesting, with its feel of texture, play of light on it and the strong contrasting colours of the warm browns compared to the cool blues.

Also, my judgement was very biased by the fact that, for the first time in 8 years, I had a wide angle of 27mm to play with, compared to only 31mmon my old Olympus C-3000, and therefor Iwas drawn tothe dominating wide angle-view in the foreground...

To be frankly, I think that the original composition just isn't good enough for a decent good photo. Its too cramped on the right side to be any good in the fore- and middle-grounds, and its too short on top to be any good in the background.

But, as I said, I was carried away shooting with my new Panasonic FZ28 and dazzled by its new possibilities, at the same time the picture had "something" appealing, I just couldn't bring myself to throw it away.


Thanks again, I appreciate your involvement to a "lost case"!

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Its probably just me, but I like the photo as original submitted. Looking at it all at once instead of scrolling up and down would make a difference. Hanging on a wall it would be very nice to see the far distance, the dock and the up in your face rock surface which is very well exposed. Great job in my opinion and definately not a lost cause.
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Thank you, Bynx - you have given me new hopes... )



So, I should have known. My anxiousness to "show-off big"of this shot,has beenmy downfall, because viewers could not see all at once, but had to scroll up-and-down for an overview.



(darn, it's still too big...):sad:

I have another shot of this motivin landscape-format, but I find the one in portrait-format more dramatic.





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Old Dec 28, 2008, 9:38 AM   #9
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I like the last shot. Id still like to see more of that rock detail, but I think the composition of the last shot is my favorite.

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Yeah. What Bynx said.
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