Jan 172010


Last summer I took a lot of photo bike rides.  We stayed in Tucson, AZ for two months. As it was the two hottest months, July and August, it was most feasible to get up and out early.  Some days I just rode my bike and never stopped; other days, it was amazing I got any exercise at all because I would be so distracted by the photo opportunities.

In this photo, I was experimenting with the camera’s macro feature.  I was pleased that I managed to make my little camera behave like an SLR in that the flower buds are in focus and the background is out of focus.  And I was happy with the original shot.  I was thinking of using this for my “pink” shot, but just as I was getting ready to post, I decided to crop the image — just to see.  To my surprise, I like the cropped image better.

Below is the original photo:


  10 Responses to “Mini Assignment: Crop”

  1. I like the crop too, it makes the flower seem more to be coming at you while keeping the shallow DOF. I tend to like squarer images in general but don’t know why.

  2. Judi! Lovely shot. I like the cropped photo better as well. Really places the focus on the flower and leaves the background with a bokeh. Nice shot and great idea to crop. Love the color, contrasts and composition.

  3. Sheila — I am enjoying this so much! It is becoming more and more of a priority. Thanks so much for pulling me in.

  4. Jens — when you say, “overlaying would do the trick,” what do you mean? I’d like to try whatever you are recommending.

  5. It’s funny that I didn’t see this at first because I LOVE to crop. But I was so proud of the way I managed to make the background blurred (like when I had a 35mm camera) that I nearly lost perspective! This was one of my candidates for PINK and then I did the crop and had that ah-ha! moment. I’m having too much fun with this photowalk thanks to all of you!

  6. I liked the cropped version, too. It really shows the sweep or the branch with the buds on the end – without the distracting lines in the background that move the eye in other directions.

  7. I’m all for the cropped version, I like the details a little closer and bigger w/out the distractions of the background…nice call on this one Judy!!

  8. I like the cropped version as ART but feel the wider shot gives a slightly fuller sense of place, but that is just me, I would like to be ambivalent but just can’t make up my mind. Ha

  9. I like the cropped version better. The image could use a little more color, I think overlaying the would do the trick.

  10. Nice Judi – definitely could be used for either theme. I think you are right it is more beautiful cropped. Hope you are enjoying our group!

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