How would you crop this?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by -hh, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. -hh macrumors 68020

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    I'm still picking through my Tanzania stuff.

    Here's a partial crop on a yet-to-be-identified longtailed bird. What's already been removed was mostly empty space to the left & right, but I want to pull this in by around another 50%...

    I have a "final" crop in mind, but I'm very much open to suggestions.


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    FWIW, the above is a downsample, so don't worry too much about how mild cropping will affect the resolution. For reference, here's a 100% pixels blow-up from the original; you can tell that its had some work:

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  2. Gamey macrumors member

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    Your original's not really sharp enough to withstand a lot of cropping if you're thinking of printing.

    Here's the shot I'd have been looking for, just tidied up some of the clutter below the birds tail.
     

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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I would crop it just a little to move the bird up to the upper 1/3 line and the right 1/3 line.
     
  4. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed.

    I love shots like this though. Feels like I can hear the calling. I miss nature living in a town. The birds we get end up starved and leave. Even the park next to us doesn't have much wildlife...thats for being stuck in an industrial city I guess.
     
  5. Lau Guest

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    I quite like it how it is, but I did the below, which is pretty much what mkrishnan and Maxiseller suggested. :) I'd be interested to see the original shot though.
     

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  6. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I prefer Lau's. I don't think there's enough detail on the bird alone to make it the focal point of the picture so you need the somewhat interesting shapes on the tree to balance it out a little.

    I too would like to see the original to get some more context on the image.
     
  7. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Now I like it even more :)

    I'd like to get into nature photography myself...I'm not sure the JCB outside our home would count though...*ponders*
     
  8. -hh thread starter macrumors 68020

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    A follow-up

    A short follow-up.

    First, I've found out that the bird in question is known as a Long Tailed Paradise Whydah (male, in mating plumage).


    Here's the crop I was originally thinking of doing. Its pretty close to what has already been suggested:
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    For those curious about the original, here's a full-size (and closer cropped) before adjustments and after adjustments in Photoshop. IMO, its pretty plain to see that this is too much cropping/magnification.


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  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Lau's crop is the best and is what I'd do as well.
     
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