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Kerby Pfrangle
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What image do you like better


 
 
Should I leave this cropped or uncropped.

I am considering putting in another version of my swimming pool and wondered which on you feel looks the best.

YOu were wonderful with my earth and sky image on the cropping and just thought I ask for opinion on this one also.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.


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5/8/2006 6:15:53 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Kerby,
I think I like the idea of the cropping the part of the sky at the top but leave the right side uncropped...
The colors of the sky is more beautiful in the second image.

Now, you didn't ask this but imo, if you had another shot that is wider angle, assuming there were no distractions on the left and right, it would have been also awesome.

I just love the overall colors, and especially the horizon.


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5/8/2006 9:54:13 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Just my opinion, I prefer the uncropped shot. The lower one lacks symetry in the foreground..the far right chair is a tad distracting.

My correction would be to crop the top photo slightly down from the top (2/3) rule, and slide slightly to the right so we see equal amount of chairs.

Pete


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5/8/2006 12:58:40 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Nobi and Pete,

Thank your for your responding. I have a really hard time with cropping sometimes.

I been busy today but I will work on a couple more versions on the swimming pool and post them on the thread.

I have one up in my gallery (one of my very favorite all time images) that I thought about putting back in the contest but thought a new version might do better.

It hard to know what do sometimes.

I post the other versions when I get a chance to work on them.

Thanks again, Kerby


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5/8/2006 1:26:31 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I somewhat agree with the other posters but I do disagree a bit. I would leave it completely uncropped. The darker blue of the sky creates a natural framing effect at the top. The inclusion of both sides of the pool creates lines that appear to be converging (even though they are parallel) thus bringing the attention of the viewer first to the end of the pool and then up to that beautiful sky.


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5/9/2006 6:17:35 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  I'm with Kerry on the no cropping and the lines. The top version gives an impression of vastness, of place, and the clouds are an important part of the image. The bottom version is just a picture of a pool to me.


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5/9/2006 8:06:48 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I like the un-cropped version.
...Better balance.


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5/9/2006 4:46:15 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Dittos Kerry, Kay & Bob. Much better balance of elements in the uncropped image. The angle of the chairs at the edges naturally pulls your eye to center of the image and the dramatic sky. Nice shot. The cropped image makes me feel like I'm missing something.


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5/9/2006 5:52:52 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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Hi Paul, Bob, Kay, Kerry, Pete and Nobi,

I did a few more crops on the pool. I have the hardest time trying to crop things so they look right.

Please let me know what you think.

Thanks for helping me.

Kerby


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5/9/2006 6:43:00 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Kerby, the only reason I would crop your original would be if it were to be entered in a photo competition. Then I would probably crop out the umbrella and amounts equally across the top and opposite side. Some judges would consider the umbrella a distraction, and cropping it and equal amounts around the top and side would bring the image down to it's basic elements. As I said before, I like the original the way it is, but when it comes to competitions, you have to think like a judge when editing.


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5/9/2006 7:28:38 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I guess it's a good thing I don't enter the contest since I sure don't think like a judge. Paul is probably correct and you might consider doing that since I know you want to enter this photo this month. Post an image w/o the umbrella and see what everyone thinks. Psrsonally, I like it with the umbrella since it makes the photo a bit less symetrical, but then my tastes are a little different.


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5/10/2006 6:34:53 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Kerry and Paul,

Look in my gallery I already have one up without the umbrella and it has a finalist award. (Swimming Pool in Maine 2).

Let me know if you like the version I have posted in my gallery better than the ones I been posting on the thread.

I am trying to think of a way to make the image better and I am not sure if I am doing it or not.

Kerby


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5/10/2006 6:43:33 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I like the first one you posted in this thread the best - which means the judges would probably like the one in your gallery better - LOL. I like the full view of the sky and the way the umbrella cuts off the symetry a bit.


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5/10/2006 6:59:52 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I also like the uncropped version.


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5/10/2006 11:07:38 AM

 
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