Saturday, May 27, 2006

A Piece of Crop

I don't know enough about film to know all of the advantages of digital photography. I suspect one of the benefits of digital is the ability to quickly crop an image into any aspect ratio you want. Sometimes I take a picture knowing that I am going to crop out a small portion of it. In fact, because there is no such print size as 4x3, I rarely take a photo with the intention of using every pixel.

Unfortunately, I think that this ability to crop can lead to laziness. If I'm not consciously envisioning the final product, I have a tendency to include way too much in the original photo. Often, however, even if I carefully frame my subject at the time of taking the photograph, I don't like the final product anyway. The great thing is that every once in a while I can still take a small portion of the image and use it.

This photo originally had mountains and a ship in the background, and it sucked. It was too busy so I cut out the competing objects and was left with just the wave hitting the rock. I like this version much better than what I had intended when I took the picture in the first place.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 32mm, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous jlc said...

For me the best advantage is the capacity to manage your image of A to Z.

It was impossible before doing that. too much expensive for the no pro.

11:54 AM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Love it how you captured the moment when the wave breaks at the rocks.

12:53 PM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger "K" Fingerett said...

I crop my photos every once in a while. I don't think its a bad thing. I like this image.

Sorry I missed your last post- it is really nice. I guess simple CAN be good :)


1:47 PM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

These last three images have been outstanding. Your effort to simplify and take the time before you shoot is really showing in your work.

3:02 PM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

It's funny because today I dragged out and dusted out the old Minolta XD-5 film camera (ancient). I had to really try and remember how to use it and I don't think it was until the last few shots out of 24 that I might have gotten it right. Now I just have to hope the camera itself was operating correctly. (It doesn't even have auto focus so hopefully my less than perfect eyes managed to get things in focus.)

Anyway, I had to be quite mindful of my framing since I no longer have my own darkroom, and the prints are at the mercy of the lab. I will, however, have the lab put them on a disk for me and then I can adjust them the way I like including cropping them, perhaps. I've never had film put to disk so we'll see.

My point is, digital does give freedom to salvage a shot that perhaps would be otherwise lost in film (if you don't process it yourself and depend on a lab). I used to crop my film images when I processed them in my basement. My dad used all sorts of techniques for processing the final prints, I never got around to learning them all, unfortunately.

I love the way your shot turned out, I would still love to see the original, I think it sounded like a good shot from you description.

5:00 PM, May 27, 2006  
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5:16 PM, May 27, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very simple yet an powerful image, great shot!

6:30 PM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

What I like about digital is the fact that you can take as many pics as you want (or as your memory card can hold) without wasting time and money on processing pics you don't like. Plus, as a beginner, I can get instant feedback, and keep trying till I get what I want.

I like this picture. The odd aspect ratio really works well. You got in exactly what you wanted, and did so very easily. Good job!

9:34 PM, May 27, 2006  
Anonymous Still said...

Thanks for your comment on Something. A fine framing here. And an interesting subject of discussion. In an other part of my life, I am a painter, and I use regularly parts and fragments of a first work to enlarge them or work them in an other way...Necessary to create most than the first view...

1:05 AM, May 28, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very cool shot : cropped well but it looks small on your blog so its a bit wierd.GREAT SHOT!

5:03 AM, May 28, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

A nice job of looks great this way.

5:20 AM, May 28, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

Very nice image. I like the arrested motion of the wave.
Cropping is a photog's best friend. Rarely do we get into trouble cropping, but there's one to watch out for! :-)

5:55 AM, May 28, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Liking the final crop you chose Timmybomb. True, cropping does change the character of an image often drastically (before: , and after
But at the same time don't forget you're also throwing out valuable pixels; reducing the overall size (and quality) of any printing you may want to do.

8:19 AM, May 28, 2006  

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