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2. The Frame - Project 15 (I), Cropping

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The camera's viewfinder presents us with a format that is by no means the definitive frame. Thinking "beyond the frame" will give the photographer full control over the shape of the final print. Cropping is a design option, available to us in post processing, though it should not be used as an excuse for not being decisive during the actual shoot.
My images for this project come from my own archive, looking at existing pictures with a view to cropping them to produce a new image makes you consider them in a different way.
In each of the (original) images I have marked out where I have made the decision to crop, then printed a cropped image. P15 required three (cropped) images, I was having so much fun I made a few more than that.

1. The galloping horses shot, from "Power Horse 2008" in Duiven, NL, was cropped to concentrate on just the two working horses, to really get in close to the action. ISO100 and a sunny day were all that were needed to put me right in the sweaty thick of it, without getting trampled and not having to invest in a 500mm lens.

2. The threatening skies over Salisbury Plain had far too much uninteresting blackness in the top and bottom of the frame, making a panorama-shaped crop made the picture more about the falling rain under the clouds and the light trying to break through.

3. The Dandelion seed-head was shot at the side of the road in Pannerden, NL, one of the few perfect and intact examples left there at that time. The shot was made while standing upright using a 18-135mm zoom, at 135mm. Cropping in close produces a macro- like image and displays the complex interior beauty of the plant in better detail.

4. The Tower of London, shot directly into the sunlight to give a silhouette effect, contains far too much black. The picture is about the shape of the castle battlements against the dark blue sky. Cropping out the uninteresting black bottom half of the picture and straightening it a little gives us a much more interesting panorama.

5. The fun-pic at Trafalgar square works better if the people in the foreground are cropped out and the viewer can concentrate on the diminutive admiral on his column.
14th May 2009, 09:06   | tags:,,


SLG says:

Cool and faved the dandelion

14th May 2009, 21:14

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