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.

About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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26 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96 –Cropping the Shot

  1. I often take multiple shots too, sometimes cropping with the camera is the best approach. I really like your first example.

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  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    I like what you did with the river rocks.

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  3. ralietravels says:

    Good examples. I often crop photos before saving them.

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  4. Rupali says:

    A good set of images John.

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  5. Tina Schell says:

    The nice thing about cropping is you can get some much variety from a single shot. You’ve done well with these John. The rocks are my favorite.

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  6. Wind Kisses says:

    The last photo of the mountains pops! The power of cropping is defined there! Donna

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  7. 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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  8. Great examples of cropping the shot, John, no matter how you achieve it. It would be nice to be able to take the perfect picture every time but it’s good to have the back-up software when you need it.

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  9. I like how you cropped/zoomed your photos, John. The last photo is particularly lovely.

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  10. Leya says:

    Excellent examples, John! I do all my crops on the computer – in camera I have never tried. Loved your creek.

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  11. pattimoed says:

    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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  12. John, nice examples of cropping via editing or zoom and cropping in camera. Really like your pictures.

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