Exercise: Cropping

This exercise is designed to encourage the use of cropping to find an image within an image, eliminating extraneous parts that possibly detract from a smaller, better image within the original shot..

The original shot was one of a few I took in the central section of Wandsworth Roundabout. I was trying to show a bleak urbanisation about the place; incorporating the building work as well as the underpass. As I was framing the shot, a girl walked into the scene.

The original shot was one of a few I took in the central section of Wandsworth Roundabout. I was trying to show a bleak urbanisation about the place; incorporating the building work as well as the underpass. As I was framing the shot, a girl walked into the scene.

The cropped image removes the street level construction leaving only the underpass and the girl, who is now clearly the main subject. The painted blue underpass creates a frame for the subject. I kept the same image proportions of 3x2.

The cropped image removes the street level construction leaving only the underpass and the girl, who is now clearly the main subject. The painted blue underpass creates a frame for the subject. I kept the same image proportions of 3x2.

In a similar vein to the uncropped image above, there are extraneous details in this image that detract from the subject, the bronze sculpture of the mallards. When I took the picture I was conscious of the fact that if I could get enough of the birds with a blue sky in the background I could crop the image to show just the birds and the sky. Unfortunately I was a little bit limited in the angles I could get at the time.

In a similar vein to the uncropped image above, there are extraneous details in this image that detract from the subject, the bronze sculpture of the mallards. When I took the picture I was conscious of the fact that if I could get enough of the birds with a blue sky in the background I could crop the image to show just the birds and the sky. Unfortunately I was a little bit limited in the angles I could get at the time.

The copped image is a little unbalanced but I think it captures the melee of birds taking off and works quite well with the clear blue sky behind.

The copped image is a little unbalanced but I think it captures the melee of birds taking off and works quite well with the clear blue sky behind.

This uncropped images was taken from the other side of a metal fence looking through a window towards Hampton Court Palace. When I took it I think I intentionally included the metal spike but afterwards I realised it was a mistake. I knew the photograph had potential though.

This uncropped images was taken from the other side of a metal fence looking through a window towards Hampton Court Palace. When I took it I think I intentionally included the metal spike but afterwards I realised it was a mistake. I knew the photograph had potential though.

Initially I cropped the image right down to the edges of the window, just incorporating a few bricks around its edge to show the framing, But having played around with the crop tool I actually chose to incorporate a whole side of the image as brick to show the importance of the window. I couldn't extend further to the left because of the black spike.

Initially I cropped the image right down to the edges of the window, just incorporating a few bricks around its edge to show the framing, But having played around with the crop tool I actually chose to incorporate a whole side of the image as brick to show the importance of the window. I couldn't extend further to the left because of the black spike.