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Old Jul 9, 2012, 2:52 AM   #1
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Old Jul 9, 2012, 3:03 AM   #2
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I usually like my first crop best. But that one centered the boat, violating composition rules of thumb. Tried 4 other crops and kept coming back to the first one, posted above.

Here is the original, scaled but otherwise unedited, if you'd like to show a different crop rather than explain it.

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Old Jul 9, 2012, 5:43 PM   #3
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I like the first crop best, it shows the refection in the water much better and doesn't really seem to be center because of the refection.
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I also like the first one best, and I like it because the boat is centered. It is important to understand the effect of centered versus off-centered. When the subject occupies dead center of the image, it creates a static image, as opposed to encouraging the eye to roam. In this image, the boat is beached -- "stasis are us," if you will. Centering a photo like that is exactly correct. Unfortunately, people are taught to say "rule of thirds" and never taught to understand how composition serves content. Forget about stupid rules of thumb and learn to look at the photo. Whatever works is the right composition, even if you can't quote some fool from an incompetent book to justify it. [/Flame OFF]
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The stasis explanation matches what I see now which is what I saw when wandering under the piers - a boat as still life, framed by pilings and darkness. I picked a POV to use the reflection to best advantage. Two reasons to shoot, both of which I forgot while trying crops. Go figure. But I gotta love a hobby that gives both sides of my brain a workout, complete with left brain - right brain arguments.

Thanks to both of you for opening my eyes and mind.
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