In my previous article, regarding the placement of the squirrel in relation to the edge of a frame, there were some interesting comments. As I responded in the comment section, I realized that I had left an important detail not discussed. It may have seemed that sole basis for placement of the subject (squirrel) in frame was the perceived directional facing orientation of the squirrel. It was not. While there are many considerations, some voiced by commenters and some not, they must be weighed against each other for a satisfactory (and sometimes not so satisfactory compromise).
The finished crop for the image is show above and little resembles the concept-demonstrating images from the earlier article. It does draw on the need not to compress the space on the sunward side of the squirrel but it also considers other factors.
Remember, when you read a concept on how to compose, crop or otherwise choose inclusion of elements in any image, it is a balancing act. Many complimentary and competing factors have to be considered in arriving at a (or one of several) final framing choices. Ultimately, cropping (including in-camera image framing) is always a compromise.
Rikk Flohr © 2013