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Crop ratio indecision

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Postby Hersh » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:16 pm


I'm continuing to sort through my South Haven pictures from a while back, and this one gave me pause... So I'd like to get your opinion on it. Do you prefer this shot in it's full frame crop:

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Or in standard print size crop:

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I keep going back and forth, so I need other opinions. Which do you prefer? Thanks for the help.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:26 am


Mike, I've scrolled back and forth, forth and back, and I am going to be no help whatsoever because I think they are both fabulous!!! ^:)^
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:56 am


For what it's worth, I prefer the full frame. It gives a greater sense of place, and makes more sense of that small wave roller which sits on the bottom edge in the lower right of the cropped version.
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Postby Blacktphoto » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:57 am


Mike - my vote is for the full frame shot as well. I like how you can see the full "J" shape of the cloud formation leading into the lighthouse. I think it also contributes to the perception of depth in the scene.

By the way...awesome capture!
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Postby rocky5128 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:58 pm


I like them both. I would have been happy to take that picture.

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Postby Hersh » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:28 pm


I was indeed Kathy, very much so.

Thanks all for your opinions on this one. Any others wish to weigh in?
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Postby Gary Martin » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:42 pm


You can crop to standard size Mike but take more off the left than you do off the right so that you see all of the cloud and all of the little wave in the foreground on the right. Too often people seem to be inclined to crop evenly from both sides. One interesting feature of Nikon's D3 is that it offers you a 4x5 setting on the CMOS chip in it so that you can compose in the equivalent of an 8x10 frame in the viewfinders.
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Postby Hersh » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:49 pm


I looked at it that way Gary, I just didn't like having the main lighthouse & it's wave so close to the left edge of the frame. When it comes to cropping, I tend to be pretty careful to make the cropped image a strong composition. Sometimes it's tricky though...
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:58 pm


Full frame gets my vote!
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