I got thinking about some basics as to how we can improve our images and something we have really not touched on is the ability to crop an image.
I find that I use cropping quite frequently as I have included too much in the frame taking away from the subject or I simply want to get in closer to focus on that subject. Obviously when we crop, we must be aware of the fact that there is only so much cropping we can do before the image is degraded due to inadequate pixels or inadequate focusing but it can totally change our photos… in a good way.
We will kick off our latest challenge with photos from our newest member, Michelle. As you may remember, Michelle likes to travel internationally and this beach shot was taken in Spain.
“Here is a shot I took on the beach in Barcelona….”
Now when Michelle sent me this shot, I originally was concentrating on that strange structure on the beach and asked her about it and her response was…
“Hey! So the structure was commissioned for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. It is called L’Estrel Ferit ( The wounded star or injured comet. It is a homage to the Barceloneta borough which used to be the sailors quarters. ( Looked that up). Don’t know the deeper history. The original was not so great but once I cropped, I was able to focus more closely on the surprise captured.”
Surprise captured? What is she talking about? On the cropped image I saw the couple on the left cropped out.
And then she went on to say: “Fantastic people watching beach, clearly all sorts of sizes and shapes, clothed and naked!” HUH?
And here is the cropped version!
(Click on image to see larger!)
Hahaha! The joke’s on me!!! I never noticed! And who says Michelle isn’t a CrAzY woman???? Michelle… you fit right in! And of course we like the cropped version better! Hahaha! Next time… don’t be bashful… zoom right in!! Hahahahaha!
Thanks Michelle for the entry! It’s great to have you in the club!