Lens-Artists #96: Cropping the Shot

This week, Patti has asked us “show how cropping helped to improve an image and create a desired effect.”

I enjoy wildlife photography and even though I usually use a zoom lens the animal or bird I am photographing is often too far away to get a good close up. I crop many of my wildlife photos in order to make the animal the focal point of the image.

Here is the before image of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird at a feeder. The hummingbird is the focal point of the shot but he is too far away to see his face clearly and there are too many distractions around him.

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Original Ruby Throated Hummingbird

After cropping the photo, I was able to get the desired effect of a closeup of the bird without all of a extra space around him.

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Cropped Ruby Throated Hummingbird Male

All this spring I’ve been watching a  pair of Painted Buntings who come by my feeder almost daily. This week was the first time I was able to get some photos of the female. In the original image she’s too far away and I didn’t like having the bird bath in the shot.

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Original Female Painted Bunting

After the crop, the female Bunting is the star of the show.

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Cropped Female Painted Bunting

The before picture of a Blanket Flower in my garden is ok, but the bricks and mulch take away from the vibrant colors of the flower.

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Original Blanket Flower

When I cropped the photo into a square, the colorful flower takes center stage.

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Cropped Blanked flower

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Cropping the Shot

 

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists #96: Cropping the Shot

  1. Cropping the shot makes pictures just come alive! You had great success with these captures! The hummingbird is a sweetie!

    By the way… you and Judy from New England Garden and Thread are not coming up in my reader. I need to figure out why that is happening. I may need to go into my settings and reconfigure you both. Stay tuned!

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