Which crop?


bforbes

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 15:39
"I am in two minds as to whether the foreground giving context adds to the image or if a more abstract approach of the turbines alone is stronger. Give it a go and see what you think."
This is the judges comment on my entry in last weeks comp. I've had a go and I can't make up my mind. What do you think?

As entered



First try



Second try


Barrie
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steven9761

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 15:45
Barrie - the last one works for me. It has a "sketch" feel about it, making it a bit more pleasing on the eye. I reckon it wouldn't be out of place on a cd cover.

Gwyn

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:01
Whilst I like the first photo I love that last one. It has an ethereal feel to it.
The building draws the eye too much in the original I think, and the second one doesn't do much for me at all. The square crop just works.

johnriley

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:03
Yes, the last one. It just goes to show what a difference small tweaks to the composition can make.
Best regards, John

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:11
Nope, the first one. You need to anchor those windmills: they look odd floating in mid-air. But there again, John has probably forgotten more about photography than I'll ever know...
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Andrew

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Hullman

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:13
yup defiantly the last one.
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milamber

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:46
Last one for me too

swarf

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:48
I didn't there was much wrong with the original! But of the two crops - definitely the second one, I think the square format works really well.
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Northgrain

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 16:48
Gwyn wrote:
Whilst I like the first photo I love that last one. It has an ethereal feel to it.
The building draws the eye too much in the original I think, and the second one doesn't do much for me at all. The square crop just works.

Completely agree.

I like the first one... but I think it would need even more foreground for balance. The crops just too tight on the wall and building.
Tim

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davidtrout

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 17:00
bwlchmawr wrote:
Nope, the first one. You need to anchor those windmills: they look odd floating in mid-air. But there again, John has probably forgotten more about photography than I'll ever know...

I agree with Andrew, there's no doubt at all in my mind Barrie. No 1, which you entered in the competition, is outstanding. The farm buildings give it context, but perhaps my choice is based on my love of juxtapositions.
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DrOrloff

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 18:19
I like the idea of the last one but it is a bit tight and telephoto looking for me. I think it would be wonderful with the turbines against a more expansive whitescape, but as it stands the first is the one for me.
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stub

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 18:24
Got to say there aint much wrong with the original.
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giofi

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 18:24
The first one for me, I like the contrast between the building and the windmills
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fritzthedog

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 19:04
Really like the simplicity of this one Barrie

The one that doesn't work for me is the middle one. 1 and 3 work in different ways - totally agree with the Gwyn's ethereal comment on the 3rd one.

Also agree with the 'anchoring' and 'building draws your eye" comments on the original to some extent.

Having stared at it for a while - to my eye - it is the bush on the right that makes the building draw my eye - the removal of the bush seems to work.

Please forgive the liberty Barrie- but cropped this way - I don't find the building a distraction - may just be me....

Carl



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bforbes

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 19:12
Thanks for your comments everyone, it seems to be a matter of taste.

No liberty Carl. You may be right, now the building balances the turbines
Barrie
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