Out of lockdown – Lens-Artist’s cropping challenge #96.

Patti Moed invited us to look at how we can improve photographs by cropping them in this week’s Lens Artists Challenge.

Often a photograph goes into the ho-hum pile because it’s not quite right but with a little time spent cropping to change the composition or cut out distractions, it can become a winner.

I decided to have a go at improving some of the less memorable shots I took on my first post-lockdown outing to the beach with Number 1 Daughter for an autumn picnic. What do you think?

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It’s hard not to put your subject in the centre of your photograph but cropping to put Number 1 Daughter to one side balances this image so much better while at the same time removing the distractions from the far left.

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I liked this young gull casting a shadow on the wet sand. But look at where he is, smack in the middle of the frame, again.

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Cropping this picture brought him closer and improved the composition. It made it all look a little straighter too.

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This is a pretty boring shot of Whale Island, Moutohora taken at West End, Ohope.

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What I really wanted was to highlight the texture of the sand, so I cropped out some of the featureless sky. A little better.

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Thank you Patti.

10 comments

    • Thanks Tina. When I’m taking a photograph in a hurry I don’t seem to have time to think about composing it. Lucky we can crop and make something of it. 🙂

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