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Old May 5, 2011, 8:40 PM   #1
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Default Mountain top - to crop or not???

I took this picture the other day and I am trying to decide if I should crop out the dark trees in the bottom half of the photo. I like it as taken but the cropped version may be more balanced. Any opinions?
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Old May 6, 2011, 5:45 AM   #2
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I guess your first crop is better. Just need some work with light and shadows, or a pass trough Martin's Auto HDR.
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I had a quick play and although you can get the detail out of the shadows and it looks OK, I prefer the original version with the harsher contrast in this case - but I would crop a bit off the bottom to get rid of the rock in the bottom left.

Here's a version with the shadow detail for comparison:
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In my opinion, you lose a lot of the depth of the photograph with your crop. I would suggest Martin's HDR version before I would use a crop like you are tempted to do. The darker shadows give it weight, but even the lighter shadows work for me better than the crop...Frank
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Any opinions?
I'm going with the cropped version !
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i lke the cropped version, it gives a panoramic feel to the picture and i dont think the shadow area adds anything at all
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The original gives a better sense of perspective, and allows the viewer to get a feeling for the depth of the intervening canyon. The shadows add a more dramatic lighting effect and more dimension.

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Guess which version I like.
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thanks for all of the input. I think I will keep the original but do some PP to bring out detail in the shadow area.
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I went into Mode in Photoshop and made the image a 16 bit. Opened it in HDR Effex Pro and selected one of the presets. Then in layers just toned it back a bit. Used Shadow/Highlight and then eraser at 25% to bring up the trees a bit more.
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