Sometimes a simple – yet subtle crop is just what an image needs. If you can see it!
Normally you would see the March edition of Sharecropping today but my travel schedule as well as a dwindling pool of contributor’s images have precluded this. I decided to go instead with a Crop Shop image from my recent Costa Rica photography tour with Worldesigns Photo.
I am also excited to introduce you, the reader, to Laurie Hernandez of Worldesigns, LLC. Laurie is one of the finest compositional eyes with whom I have ever worked. Hopefully we will see more of Laurie’s work in Holy Crop! before too long. Laurie assisted in the crop on this image and though the crop is very subtle, I think you will agree that the moves were justified.
My original camera framing seemed pretty good to me. I ignored Rule of thirds horizon placement to properly frame the sun’s rays and the foreground pool. I let the horizon drift toward center deliberately to hold these elements in place. After that, it was a choice of removing subtle pieces to remove distractions and strengthen the subject placement. Here I turned to a colleague for advice.
Looking over my shoulder, Laurie made the above observations. The cliff on the left dominated with its dark mass. It was too heavy to be that high in the photo. Cropping in a little from the left lessened the cliff’s dominance. The crop also removed a partial rock in the foreground at lower left that tended to draw the eye out of frame. After making that crop, the right-hand side seemed a little spacious. A slight adjustment inward and we are left with the image at the article’s beginning.
Never underestimate the power of having a fresh set of eyes review your images and your crops. Everyone sees things slightly differently and a second or third opinion can often create a collaborative masterpiece from an individual’s original vision. I am fortunate to have a keen compositional eye to which to turn when I am needing that last nuance to improve an image.
To whom will you turn?
Rikk Flohr © 2011