Euphoria by Euphorbia
On Images - to crop or not to crop
Even the best photographers will often get back to their computers to view their photos and find that their composition is not ideal for one reason or another including distracting background elements, framing mistakes, unbalanced images etc.
While you can never really add to the photograph to put more space around your subject (or recover the ear you clipped), cropping the image even tighter can take the focus away from the clipped part of your subject and make the image quite dynamic [myoce : in other words, clip the other ear too ! ].
Another problem that cropping images can help address is the unbalanced image. For example a shot where you attempted to put your subject in the dead centre of your shot but where it ended up being slightly off centre [myoce : my subject-the donkey-was dead centre....too bad it was the wrong end of it ! ] .
There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve taken the ‘money shot’ and getting home to view your image to find that somewhere in the background of your image there is a distracting element that you’d not seen when framing your shot. Cropping can solve this problem in some instances - particularly when the distraction is on the edges of your image.
Quite often cropping is just a matter of trimming the edges of an image but being bold and tightly cropping images to focus in on different elements within an image can also result in some interesting and often abstract results. [myoce : hmm..what part of the donkey's behind should I crop to make it into an 'abstact work of art'?]