[Categories: Photography, Photography 101 Forever]
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The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Patti.
Crop! Crop! (Till You Drop)
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.