While not a true Sharecropping article, it has that sharecropping feel to me. So, here goes!
Ever send an image, meticulously composed and cropped, of course, to a social media site like Facebook? Did you ever have that crop destroyed by the constraints of their web galleries’ thumbnail proportions? Ever have the opposite happen? Have you ever sent a great image to an online gallery and had the thumbnail crop give you a different and sometimes more compelling image? It happens.
I was thumbing through some images on a FB Friend’s profile pictures gallery and noticed this compelling image (4th down on the left) and thought that is a cool composition. Of all the images shown, its thumbnail representation grabbed me the most. I thought, good ol’ Tom must have cropped this one 4:3 for it to come out that good in thumbnail view. I was wrong.
This is the actual cropping Tom chose when he edited his photo. There is nothing wrong with it. In fact, it is a very nice image. Those killer eyes are placed at the upper right Rule of Thirds in the thumbnail crop and in the portrait original. But, I think you would agree, the thumbnail and the full image are two different pictures. Of course the cropist couldn’t resists cropping the larger version for demonstration purposes on this blog.
I’ve tried to approximate the crop of the 4:3 thumbnail in a larger version. It is quite a different picture than the original. It has fewer distractions in the bright white bar and less zebra print. It isn’t better but it is different. It is also something that might not have been attempted had not Facebook’s Profile Pictures gallery thumbnail cropping shown us the way. Drop us a note and let us know which version you like better.
Of course this all got me thinking about something else but that is a topic for another article.
Rikk Flohr © 2011