A Bumper Crop – Part Deux

I know this is in part repeating my previous blog but…
On a very recent holiday to the Isles of Scilly I spotted a photo that really appealed to me but the ratio was all wrong. I took the shot anyway and, on returning home, set about presenting the image that I saw when I was there. That is to say, what my eye/brain saw and not what the camera would produce.
There was a reasoned but vigorous debate on Facebook recently about cropping – with some folk offering a view that to crop a photo was almost morally wrong and that the skill of a ‘great capture’ lay with the photographer and camera at the point of taking the shot. A bit simplistic to me and, besides, I don’t own a panoramic camera nor, indeed, a camera that can offer an on-site crop. Anyway, if it were to offer such a facility it may not be what I wanted. (Nick please get to the point!!).
The point? Simply this. I am much happier with the cropped version of this shot than I am with the ‘native image’ taken by the camera. And so, it seems, are others.
Cropping can aid creativity – but when used judiciously, and not as an axe in the hands of a raging warrior.


uncropped version

cropped version

4 comments


  • Jackie

    If I didn’t Like this image on FB its probably because I’d be there all day clicking like on all your work!
    I love this image its beautiful…
    I would like to have seen a little more sky on the cropped image.

    July 31, 2012
  • I do like both, but the cropped version really focuses on the boats and their reflections and the beautiful soft evening light.

    So often it is impossible to photograph what you see in your mind’s eye, and its not always possible to let the legs do the cropping, so until they invent a camera that can take the photograph that is in your mind, cropping it will have to be!

    July 31, 2012
  • The cropped version really concentrates the viewer into appreciating the elements of the image and works a lot better than the first version. Great shot by the way.

    July 31, 2012
  • Alun and Val Thomas

    Saw your views on cropping on your blog the other day. If you want our views (for what they’re worth) cropping is an absolutely essential part of the process of getting a good final image. Discovered this particularly when putting together our Blurb book, as many of the pictures in it are just small details from a larger photo, so in our opinion less is definitely more.

    August 4, 2012

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