Is it possible to nail it – in-camera?
I teased at the end of the previous article that this image would be appearing shortly in a new article. Here it is again.
In yet another previous article, I told you how beneficial it is to have a second set of eyes gaze at your image and give you cropping advice.
When I looked at cropping this image I was at a loss. I contacted Queen of the Crop and asked her advice. “I am struggling for a crop,” says I. The email answer comes back, “I don’t think you should crop it.”
As I look at the image and the various aspects, searching for a place to slice and dice, I realize she is probably right.
- Anything off the top is going to subvert the sinking sun and loose those nice framing dark edges.
- Anything off the bottom is going to kill depth and split stones.
- Anything off the left is going to risk pushing the sun to the edge
- Anything off the right is going to push the sun toward center and loose the line of the clouds going out the upper right.
There are no major distractions to remove. The final analysis yields a dusky answer so why crop?
A simple scene like this makes it easy to compose in-camera. It is possible to nail it, compositionally speaking, at shutter click. I have cropped this image several times and none have the serene impact of the uncropped shot. I guess I will pay homage to the Queen here. It is possible to nail it in-camera, sometimes. And occasionally, the best crop is the one you don’t choose to execute.
Rikk Flohr © 2011