I got a lot of interesting play off the last He Cropped. She Cropped so we decided to do it again. And, like last time, we are cropping bugs!
This is the original capture: a metallic green bee in a furled pink Morning Glory. The centered nature of the original capture is to ensure that the center focus point has the bee’s eyes firmly in its grasp. When I shoot macro, I almost always work centered, composing with a later crop in mind. After capture, I found I was really struggling with the crop.
Because of the shape of the flower and the bee’s placement inside, I thought a square crop might be the ticket. I liked the strong diagonal of the leaf and decided if I could do a little rotation and crop squarely, I could get a composition I liked.
This was the result. I got the bee’s face on the rule of thirds and (hopefully) got a little balance in the process. Still, I wasn’t sure I had the ultimate crop. I turned to the Queen of the Crop, Laurie Hernandez and asked her to have a go.
She responded but with the caveat that this was a ‘very difficult crop to make’ and that she wasn’t really happy with any of them. The uncroppable image?
Laurie’s attempt is shown above. As is her wont, the Queen of the Crop went tight! She kept (roughly) the 2:3 aspect ratio from the capture but made it close and portrait. As with many macro images, power comes from proximity and she pulled us right up to the antennae! The negative space inside the blossom’s petals and around the insect really forms a ragged frame that is quite compelling. The attitude of the insect is definitely more menacing. That is why she is my compositional consultant!
One of the beauty’s of He Cropped. She Cropped is seeing the variety of crops that come with different perceptions of a single scene. Regardless of which crop you like best, hopefully it gives you the impetus to crop many ways or ask for advice from your trusted fellow croppers.
Rikk Flohr © 2014