When photographing any subject, get the beauty shots, the basic shots, the expected shots, but also look for something different. Try going in really close, or try an unusual angle. Push the envelope, stretch your creativity, go beyond the expected.
Sometimes an unusual approach does not happen when you are actually shooting. Sometimes you do not see all the options until much later, after you have downloaded the image onto your computer. There is something about seeing an image on the big screen that can tap into a different way of seeing the subject.
That is exactly what happened with this image. This is what was shot,
With today’s fine cameras and lenses, image quality will generally hold up even with extensive cropping, IF exposure and focus are good. Sometimes cropping is necessary simply because you do not have a long enough lens to come in as tightly as you would like. At other times, as with this image, cropping can eliminate extraneous information and bring the viewer into the heart of the image. There is no shame in cropping. While you always want to do your best to frame the shot in the camera at the time of exposure, there are times when cropping later can turn a so-so image into a spectacular one.
So go back through some of your old images and look at them from a different perspective. Examine them to see if tight cropping can improve the original image. It will not work on all images, but you will find some that will thrill you once you experiment a little.
Shutter Speed 1/500 sec. Aperture f/8. ISO 800. Lens: Canon 400mm f.5.6L. Camera: Canon 40D. Handheld.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” --William Albert Allard