Lens Artist #96: Cropping the Shot

For this week’s Lens Artist Challenge #96 Patti says to give examples of Cropping the Shot.

Unless you’re a purist, there are many good reasons to crop a shot.  To eliminate distractions. To isolate the central feature. To emphasize the sight lines.

Purists will say that you should have done this when you framed the shot.

Well, lah di daa.

I’m no purist. I crop and straighten and adjust all the time.  It’s why I love digital photography. The ability to adjust and reclaim crap shots. To re-make photos into better pictures than I actually took.

In a recent article Edge of Humanity Magazine featured street photographer Daniel Castonguay who distorts photos into art.  Inspired, I started playing around with photos taken during a visit to Cuba. It turns out that I didn’t have the right kind of  images for distortion. But once started I kept going, adjusting contrast, colors and light. I also played with the crop.

Which brings me the forth reason for cropping. Consistency. I have a few rules when assembling a photo collection.

  1. Color or Monochrome
  2. One theme
  3. One aspect ratio

Nothing bugs me more than a mess of photos with a mix of color, theme and aspect ratios. I’m no purist but I do like consistency.

To illustrate … click through to view images full size and compare effect.

Compared to …

Thanks to Patti for this week’s challenge. She has some helpful pointers in cropping and great examples to see. If you haven’t yet, you should check it out!

Photo taken in Santiago de Cuba, 2018

13 Comments

    1. It is something to see these cars driving around, part of everyday life. It’s like stepping back into the 50’s. Because they were so mechanical, auto mechanics in Cuba have been able to keep them running with salvaged parts and pieces.
      I don’t think they’d be able to do with our modern autos. I’m sure they’d like to give it a try though 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by Neil.

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    1. I started to appreciate the difference when I started making documentary videos using slideshows. Now I see it everywhere. WordPress does a good job of assembling mosaics, so the effect is not as obvious.

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