I took a few pictures of Hay Trucks and Cows this morning but nothing too exciting. Until while watching all the little birds flying around I began tracking them in flight. I photographed Ring Neck Doves several times but when I loaded them on my computer they were deleted as fast as they were added. Small, blurry you name it at least one image displayed it. I did take some interesting pictures however then I started thinking about Cropping.
I have cropped a lot, sometimes drastically other times merely to eliminate an unwanted feature. The image of the Squirrel above is a good photo, why crop it?
Why crop it so much? My reason is I have three different directions my pictures may go. 1) My story blog, pictures for it should be easy to see, meaning large. An image in a story blog is part of the story, in fact it is the story. 2) This blog the one I talk about taking pictures. The images should most of the time be compared in finer detail, both the enlarged and stock size are needed. 3) Placing in galleries, challenges and competitions. The pictures have to be current most of the time had been taken within the timing of the contest. Both sizes are needed for comparison to other entrants or in the event both are decided to be included.
I crop to expose detail, it is incredible that the images retain the fine details after being magnified so many times. I position the subject as well, in the image above notice how it’s eyes are looking into the top left corner. That is intentional I will do that commonly it seems to draw my eye to the birds eye. Humans naturally want to see what is being looked at, in trying to see it they look at the eyes of the looker to follow them.
The image above has been cropped and as can be imagined it’s due to being small and far away. The original is not a bad photograph, it’s a bit small but good; there’s another reason also. If you notice the pylon has all sorts of vertical surface inclusions not seen as distinctly in the larger image. Those lines all draw attention to the subject, the bird, our eyes follow lines; up, away and diagonally. Those lines when situated correctly directs our eyes to the subject from the camera. That’s why when I’m taking pictures the fences, roads, and pathways are taken into consideration.
Jacque Lebec Flutter Shutter