Trying to figure out how to crop--or if to

double_entendredouble_entendre Gene pool chlorinatorPosts: 113Registered Users Major grins

Trying to figure out how to--or if to--crop this photo. I'm mostly happy with it--exposure is slightly iffy, but pretty OK, I think. Curious to hear what you all think.

Uncropped:

Cropped:

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  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,048Administrators moderator
    edited August 5, 2018

    On the top: I think you need a little more room above the trees on the right for some sky room.
    On the left: A wee bit more room on the left (I'd crop the left side immediately to the right of the big rock on the horizon to let the image trail off a bit).
    On the right: It looks OK.
    The bottom: Also looks OK to me.

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,615Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    FWIW, I prefer it uncropped. The rocks on the right are too dominant in the cropped version, making it a little claustrophobic for me. It also loses most of the waves, which are nice.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,979Super Moderators moderator
    edited August 5, 2018

    I also prefer the uncropped version. The cropped version loses the sense of scene (for me).

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,005Registered Users Major grins

    I'm with RIchard and Denise - the uncropped version is my preference. I find the exposure a tad on the dark side.

    If I cropped it any, I would consider taking out just a bit of the right side and those rocks in the bottom foreground so that the crop has the same proportions but a bit less of the heavy rocks on the right side. Just a thought, not sure if it will work.

  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,037Registered Users Major grins

    Of the two you posted, I prefer the uncropped. If I were going to crop this photo, I think I would take a little off the right instead of the left. I don't think you would lose much by cropping from the right near that dip in the tree line, but still wouldn't crop at all unless I needed to do so for printing.

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  • roaddog52roaddog52 Major grins In the sticks, NE of SeattlePosts: 994Registered Users Major grins

    Uncropped!

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  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 138Registered Users Major grins

    @sarasphotos said:
    If I cropped it any, I would consider taking out just a bit of the right side and those rocks in the bottom foreground so that the crop has the same proportions but a bit less of the heavy rocks on the right side. Just a thought, not sure if it will work.

    I agree, proportionally cropped from the right bottom just that the bottom rocks in the foreground disappear - I think that could work. I think it would remove a little bit of distraction from the foreground.

    Otherwise, this is a great photo as-is in the uncropped version!

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  • double_entendredouble_entendre Gene pool chlorinator Posts: 113Registered Users Major grins

    @sarasphotos said:
    I'm with RIchard and Denise - the uncropped version is my preference. I find the exposure a tad on the dark side.

    If I cropped it any, I would consider taking out just a bit of the right side and those rocks in the bottom foreground so that the crop has the same proportions but a bit less of the heavy rocks on the right side. Just a thought, not sure if it will work.

    Yeah, I’m conflicted about that. I’m still a Lightroom and Photoshop neophyte using an ancient, uncalibrated laptop. (Excuses, excuses....) A bit lighter might be the answer. I’ll fiddle.

    @kurzvorzwoelf said:

    @sarasphotos said:
    If I cropped it any, I would consider taking out just a bit of the right side and those rocks in the bottom foreground so that the crop has the same proportions but a bit less of the heavy rocks on the right side. Just a thought, not sure if it will work.

    I agree, proportionally cropped from the right bottom just that the bottom rocks in the foreground disappear - I think that could work. I think it would remove a little bit of distraction from the foreground.

    Otherwise, this is a great photo as-is in the uncropped version!

    Very good point on the foreground rocks. Now that you point them out it’s obvious. Thank you very much. :)

  • junglejimjunglejim Major grins Posts: 107Registered Users Major grins

    Just to be contrary..I would crop from the bottom and eliminate the water in the foreground. I think it interferes with the somber gloomy look that I like.

  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiPosts: 708Registered Users Major grins

    Top image...I'd go with a 16x10 or 16x9 crop, whichever moves the trees into the top-right corner.

    Beautiful image!

  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiPosts: 708Registered Users Major grins

    Then again, maybe just squeezing the original aspect ratio so as to remove some of that giant heavy rock on the right, opening the eye more toward the stream and distant background subjects.

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