Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96 –Cropping the Shot

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The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Patti.

Crop! Crop! (Till You Drop)
[Def Leppard??]

Consider, if you will, the following. Not a bad shot, I say. A foreground, of earthen stream bank, a nice creek shot in the middle, and trees to line the top.

Cropped, we have a little less top and bottom, with more creek. Not a huge difference, but now it’s definitely a creek shot.

But was it crop, or ZOOM? Is a zoom a crop, or vice-versa? I often take several shots of a scene. ‘Normal’ focal length, partial zoom, and much fuller zoom. (I currently use a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with zoom lens, for portable versatility.) One might argue cropping this way gives better photo resolution and detail to each shot. Then you can still crop/trim the final photo, but less so.

The second creek shot above is a zoom, not a crop.

Next, a rock outcropping (no pun intended):

By way of zoom, I crop with a second photo. Less sky, less foreground hillside, more rock:

Finally, I actually do crop the previous photo, mostly removing some of the left side, to give little more emphasis to the rock:

Lastly, a view of the rockin’ Rocky Mountains:

A CROP of that photo removes some of the top and bottom, for more emphasis on the mountain range. The mountains are still quite distant, though the photo is sufficient as a banner shot at the top of this page, cropped even a little more in that process:

A separate ZOOM photo, with vertical camera, gives a ‘close-up’. Much better, I think, with the snow path leading to the prominent peak in the background:

Enjoy, stay safe, be well.

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

26 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96 –Cropping the Shot

    1. Thank you. I rarely use in-camera features, like crop, but they are available. I like the larger laptop screen to work with. Despite my Photo Library saying it keeps the original, I usually duplicate and hack at a copy when modifying.

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  1. I concur for the best quality, an in-camera crop is superior. Having multiple shots to choose from is an advantage when back at the processing computer as well. I don’t do as much in-camera cropping as I should. I will consider more going forward after reading many of this week’s challenge posts.

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  2. Hi, John. These are great examples of effective crops. Your subject really has much more dramatic impact after the crop. The outcropping is fabulous as well as the mountain peak. Great shots.

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